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Doctor insights on: How Is Folliculitis Treated

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Does folliculitis can be treated? How (what medication)?

Does folliculitis can be treated? How (what medication)?

Depends on type: It depends on whether it is superficial, or deep folliculitis. If it is superficial it usually responds to antibacterial soaps. If it is deep or refractory it will usually respond to Dicloxacillin 250mg PO qid for 7 to 10 days or a cephalosporin. It is probably best to check with your primary care if you have any doubts as to what you are treating or why it has not improved. ...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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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get folliculitis? Is he right?

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 to treat with dark spots after the folliculitis treated?

Dark Spots: Dark spots are often post-inflammatory changes of the skin. Time will usually resolve most color change. Vitamin C topical (and vitamin E can help. Advanced and more costly therapies include rx meds and laser photo light therapies. Again, time will usually resolve much of the color change. ...Read more

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How problematic can folliculitis in the pubic region become if not treated?

Can be painful: Untreated bacterial and fungal folliculitis can become a painful problem regardless of location. If this is related to shaving then you should stop until it has been treated and healed. I certainly would suggest you see a doctor to examine this problem. ...Read more

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What could be causing folliculitis on my forehead and how can it be treated?

What could be causing folliculitis on my forehead and how can it be treated?

Many things: Could be related to hair, skin, make up, soap, fragrance products. I would see primary care doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can folliculitis in the genital area be treated with over-the-counter medications? If not, what's the best way to treat it? Will it return?

Can folliculitis in the genital area be treated with over-the-counter medications? If not, what's the best way to treat it? Will it return?

Warm compresses: Mild cases of folliculitis can be treated with warm compresses several times daily. More severe cases are best treated with prescription oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can pityrosporum folliculitis be treated with a low dose of Accutane? I have tried antifungal pills. It made a big difference but still not cured.

Can pityrosporum folliculitis be treated with a low dose of Accutane? I have tried antifungal pills. It made a big difference but still not cured.

Pityrosporum folliculitis: Treatment of pityrosporum folliculitis, must deal with both the yeast overgrowth and any predisposing factors, otherwise the condition will recur. Unfortunately we often either do not know, or cannot correct, all the factors that make one susceptible so the condition has a tendency to return once the anti-yeast treatment is stopped. Isotretinoin is not indicated for tx of this condition. ...Read more

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Severe folliculitis on abt 60% of scalp, pus filled odorous about 1/2sq in size Treated with steroid shot and antibiotic neither worked, suggestions?

Consider ID referral: A referral to an Infectious diseases specialist may help to: 1) Determine a specific diagnosis (such as tinea capitis or hydraneitis suppurativa), 2) Prescribe a more appropriate medication (like an anti-fungal agent), 3) Find the source of infection (which you may be re-exposing yourself), or 4) Connect to other specialists if advanced treatment is necessary (e.g. Anti-TNF therapy). ...Read more

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Just about to start my period, + have pubic folliculitis (treated with oral antibiotics + cream). How to manage for this week? I use pads not tampons.

As you mentioned: Use of pads will not make folliculitis worse. Avoid shaving for a while, may also use an anti-bacterial soap, if a smoker, stop smoking, reduce weight if overweight. Chronic persistent folliculitis may be helped with combination oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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I have what looks like folliculitis in the genital area how is it treated or what are the signs that is what it is and not an STD it doesn't itch/hurt?

I have what looks like folliculitis in the genital area how is it treated or what are the signs that is what it is and not an STD it doesn't itch/hurt?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis will usually be more inflamed than something like molluscum. If it does't hurt or itch that does point toward more benign things. And if you shave in the genital area that would suggest something infectious. However, this should be evaluated. ...Read more

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If I had a mrsa infection a month ago, folliculitis was treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Will I be colonized with mrsa from now on? Will I be a carrier?

If I had a mrsa infection a month ago, folliculitis was treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Will I be colonized with mrsa from now on? Will I be a carrier?

You probably were: For some time prior to the infection. These typically occur from the germs which are on the skin. These tend to stay the same over time. So, if previous MRSA, it is expected to stay there. ...Read more

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Is folliculitis painful?

Little skin bumps: Folliculitis is inflammation of hair follicles. Follicles are tiny canals that extend down into the skin, and many contain an oil gland, and a hair follicle.Men have more hairs than women. The folliculits can be caused by a bacteria germ, but most often there is no germ. Waxing, shaving and oily lotions can cause clogged pores and then inflammation, or folliculitis. It may itch or hurt. ...Read more

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How can you cure folliculitis?

Various: Warm compresses to bring the infections to a head, topical medications. The vast majority of folliculitis heals within a couple of weeks. If it is persists or if it is severe, you may need systemic antibiotics. ...Read more

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How could I treat folliculitis?

How could I treat 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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How long can folliculitis last?

Lifetime: There are several common causes. One that's relatively little-known is pityrosporum; it's easy to treat if you figure out what it is. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long does folliculitis last?

Depends: Let untreated, if may go on for years, with the infection spreading from one follicle to the next.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is grenzray for folliculitis?

X-ray energy: Using x-rays to treat acne or infection of the hair follicles. Used to be quite common in 1960's. ...Read more

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What are the tests for folliculitis?

What are the tests for folliculitis?

Exam and history: Best test is looking at the rash and asking the right questions. Distribution and preceding activities are the big clues. Sometimes a culture is helpful in selecting an antibiotic if one is deemed necessary. ...Read more

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How can I heal a folliculitis wound?

Folliculitis: By definition is superficial and small and should heal if adequately drained, kept clean with mild non-perfumed soap and clean water and un traumatized. Healing should be complete in otherwise healthy person. ...Read more

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Why does shaving cause folliculitis?

Ingrown hair: Folliculitis centers around a follicle in which the pore is clogged with debris or in the case of shaving, a hair that starts to grow inward on iteself. The latter also clogs the pore, resulting in oil and dirt build up, bacterial growth, inflammation and pus formation. ...Read more

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How can I treat a folliculitis wound?

Hot compress: Hot compresses to an area of folliculitis can help soothe and decrease the size. You should see your doctor if symptoms persist and you may need some antibitoics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of folliculitis?

What are the symptoms of folliculitis?

Follicle inflammatio: Inflammation of the follicle can be recognized by characteristic redness, swelling and sometimes pustule limited to hair follicles. Often caused by infection with common skin bacteria after minor trauma to the skin. Sometimes painful and itchy. ...Read more

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Does folliculitis clear up by itself?

Sometimes: At times, your body can fight off a minor follicular infection. At other times, you may require antibiotics to treat. Best wishes. ...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 bacteria) 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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What sort of disorder is folliculitis?

What sort of disorder is folliculitis?

Boils: The common name is a "boil". It is an infection of a hair follicle usually by a staph or strep bacteria. For those with recurrent boils it is possible they harbor this bacteria just inside the nose. This can be treated. See your physician. ...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