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Doctor insights on: Hot Tub Folliculitis In Children

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Describe hot tub folliculitis?

Describe hot tub folliculitis?

Uncleaned hot tub.: Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. The bacteria causing the infection is called pseudomonas aeruginosa, and is associated with skin contacting bacteria-contaminated water in hot tubs or whirlpools. The infection is treated with antibiotics.

The cdc has an excellent facts website all on the subject of hot tub rash. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a ...Read more


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Anyone cured from "hot tub folliculitis"?

Anyone cured from "hot tub folliculitis"?

Topical & Systemic: Pseudomonas folliculitis is classically associated with hot tube use and improper chlorination of the water. Treatment can be topical using Acetic Acid (vinegar) soaks or other agents. Systemic treatment is often centered around oral antibiotics. Sometimes people will carry the bacteria in the nose and eradication there will cure the problem. See a dermatologist to help with management. ...Read more

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I have hot tub folliculitis, and I heard it should go away on its own in a week or so?

I have hot tub folliculitis, and I heard it should go away on its own in a week or so?

Agree: This can be bothersome, but the majority of cases will resolve on their own without specific treatment. Of course, avoid the contaminated water source. Warm compresses can be helpful in speeding the resolution. ...Read more

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Help for preventing hot tub folliculitis?

Help for preventing hot tub folliculitis?

Hot tub maintenance: Hot tubs need careful maintenance and attention to chlorine levels and ph. Because the water is hot, chlorine levels need to be fairly high and checked frequently, otherwise bacteria in the water can grow. Showering prior to getting into a hot tub can also reduce contamination. If you are not responsible for the hot tub maintenance, there is no way to tell if it is being done properly. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hot tub folliculitis?

Tincture of time: Hot tub folliculitis shows up 8-48 hours after exposure and will resolve on its own over the course of a week. There is no specific treatment unless 1. Associated with systemic signs of illness. 2. Lesions are extensive or progressive or 3. There is large abcess formation. If these occur see your doc. Chlorinate your hot tub and pool properly! ...Read more

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What to do if I have hot tub folliculitis, can I continue breastfeeding!?

What to do if I have hot tub folliculitis, can I continue breastfeeding!?

Yes. : Hot tub folliculitis is not contagious person to person. It resolves by itself and rarely needs any treatment. It is perfectly ok to breastfeed even though you have this. ...Read more

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Will shaving or itching worsen hot tub folliculitis if it's on my legs?

It may: Hot tub folliculitis is due most commonly to pseudomonas aeruginosa, a water-borne bacteria. You do not want to provide further breaks in the skin through which this bacteria can potentially invade your body. Wait. Get better. ...Read more

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Does hot tub folliculitis in the groin look and act like herpes?

Not really: Herpes lesions typically resemble blisters that rupture, form shallow ulcers, then heal with scab formation. Herpes lesions are painful. Hot tub folliculitis usually involves large surfaces of the body, and looks like red bumps and/ or pustules. There are no ulcers ...Read more

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Doctor prescribed steroids to clear up hot tub folliculitis. Will it help?

Doctor prescribed steroids to clear up hot tub folliculitis. Will it help?

Pseudomonas rash: Hot tub folliculitis usually resolves spontaneously and doesn't need specific treatment. Vinegar compresses applied for 20 minutes two to four times a day, silver sulfadiazine cream (silvadene) applied two times a day or antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin are only needed in widespread or resistant cases. Steroids may relieve symptoms but are unnecessary and risky. ...Read more

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Doctor diagnosed me with hot tub folliculitis. Got bumps 2 weeks after hot tub. Been itchy for almost 2 weeks. Could it be misdiagnosed scabies?

Possibly: But without seeing you and the ability to examine these lesions there is no way to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is method to reduce pain and itching? My hot tub folliculitis has turned to cellulitis and I am on oral and I. V antibiotics. Thanks

What is method to reduce pain and itching? My hot tub folliculitis has turned to cellulitis and I am on oral and I. V antibiotics. Thanks

See answer: Would be reluctant to apply any pain relieving cream or anti-itch lotion on an area of cellulitis. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or OTC NSAIDS for pain. If ineffective possibly tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine or hydrocodone...both narcotics. OTC antihistamines for itch. Benadryl, but may be sedating.(ok at bedtime). Zyrtec(cetirizine) is the strongest less sedating antihistamine. ...Read more

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How do you recognize and prevent a hot tub rash (dermatitis / folliculitis)?

How do you recognize and prevent a hot tub rash (dermatitis / folliculitis)?

A clean tub: Make sure that the tub water is properly chlorinated if you are using a public tub and be sure to take a shower after. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a rash on shoulders and upper arms it has been 3 weeks since I noticed them what can it be, could it be hot tub folliculites?

Hi. I have a rash on shoulders and upper arms it has been 3 weeks since I noticed them what can it be, could it be hot tub folliculites?

Rash - not 1 disease: Rash is a common name, not a specific disease. To make a diagnosis, we need to know the shape of the rash, whether it itches, how long each individual lesion stays and if it leaves a scar when it resolves. Hot tub folliculitis usually looks like acne. In short, with a rash that stays that long, go either to your pmd or to a dermatogist. ...Read more

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How many showers a day is too many? I have folliculitis and wonder if taking 3 per day is to many. I sweat a lot and it's hot here. I liketo be clean

Good hygiene: Three showers a day is normal in some parts of the world — such as in the tropics. If you have folliculitis then paying extra attention to cleanliness is important — so I think you are doing fine with frequent showers. I would just be careful with strong soaps — your skin will 'tell you' if it is irritated, then you'll know to back off. See if u can keep cool during the day to lessen the sweating. ...Read more

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I have a 3 inch, hot, throbbing, swollen, red spot on my calf, I get mild folliculitis sometimes but this looks nothing like that, I am wondering if I should be worried or just let whatever this is run its course?

Folliculitis : Folliculitis most commonly caused by staph, and we've seen a lot of MRSA lately. Don't let it "run its course ". Please see you doctor or go to urgent care center, if there's an abscess, it has to be lanced and drained and you may need to start appropriate antibiotics ...Read more

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How long do folliculitis take to heal?

Depends: If it is due to an infectious agent then appropriate treatment (i.e. An antibiotic if it is due to a bacterium) should help within a few days of beginning treatment. Sometimes folliculitis can be caused by fungus which needs to be treated with different medications. Seeing a dermatologist will help you come to a good solution. ...Read more

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How long does folliculitis usually last?

Generally: It needs antibiotics to get rid of it otherwise it can become a cellulitis and spreading infection. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting folliculitis?

Yes: More common in diabetics, athletes, and heavy sweat. An antibacterial soap such as lever 2000, hibicleans will reduce incidence of folliculitis. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get folliculitis? Is he right?

Depends...: Depends on what is causing the folliculitis. You need to know the cause before you can know if it needs to be treated. A dermatologist can help you with that. ...Read more

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How do you treat bacterial folliculitis?

Folliculitis.: Despite the fact that folliculitis is technically a bacterial infection of the follicles, we can often treat acute folliculitis with a simple warm soak to the area (warm water on a washcloth and applied for 15 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times a day). If this does not help, one could try antibacterial creams, available over-the-counter. ...Read more

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Is there a home remedy for folliculitis?

Folliculitis: Gently wash the infected skin twice a day with antibacterial soap or apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment. Use a clean washcloth and towel to dry off each time you wash. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for folliculitis?

What's the best treatment for folliculitis?

Which type?: Some physicians aren't familiar common pityrosporum folliculitis, one of the easiest of all semi-diseases to monitor. Bacterial-type folliculitis of the beard is a tricky problem to manage and is worth getting seen by a specialist. Chronic scalp folliculitis may require an antibiotic but resistant bacteria such as proteus can overgrow, again requiring specialist care. Do you know the subtype? ...Read more

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Could folliculitis on chest be from stress?

Could folliculitis on chest be from stress?

Fungus, Yeast, Bact.: It is not due to stress. It can be caused by shaving with damage to the follicle, bacteria, yeast, or even wearing tight clothing, but stress is not a causative factor. ...Read more

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The Best way to treat folliculitis on your scalp?

The Best way to treat folliculitis on your scalp?

See Your Physician: For bacterial folliculitis of the scalp, it is important to determine the organism responsible for the infection. After a culture and sensitivity is obtained, your physician will be able to prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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Any topical shampoos effective in folliculitis?

Yes, but: It depends on how extensive the folliculitis is, and what has caused it. In my patients, if it is not extensive and the source of the folliculitis is controlled and deemed infectious in origin, I would recommend going to a pharmacy and getting otc, 4% Chlorhexidine soap and use it on the affected area once a day for seven days. If it hasn't cleared up, I ask my patients to call me immmediately. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Hot Tub Folliculitis (Definition)

Pseudomonas-caused folliculitis from contact with ...Read more