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Can you recommend an over-the-counter antibiotic treatment for folliculitis inside the nostril?

Nasal antibiotic: THe best option would be Mupirocin (Bactroban), applied with a cotton tip swab twice daily for 5 days. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

Folliculitis is 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 bacterial infection may follow. Common symptoms may include a rash, itching, and ...Read more


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Hello, what would you recommend for the most effective OTC treatment for folliculitis on the buttocks?

Hello, what would you recommend for the most effective OTC treatment for folliculitis on the buttocks?

OTC-may not work: You can try using a 50/50 combination of Neosporin(triple antibiotic ointment) and 1% hydrocortisone cream mixed together and applied with a glove or large Q-tip: may help a bit; however, if not improving within 3 days, see your physician for antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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What can I take or use for folliculitis over the counter? Dont have insurance and can't afford to see a specialist.

What can I take or use for folliculitis over the counter? Dont have insurance and can't afford to see a specialist.

Depends: It really depends on the cause of the folliculitis as there are many causes, both infectious and non-infectious (ie irritation from friction, shaving, etc). Or it may not be folliculitis which is why you may need to see a derm. But, it might be worth a try to get some otc benzoyl peroxide wash, which you can find in the acne section and try to wash the areas x 2-3 min daily. May dry out skin. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter creams for genital folliculitis?

Are there any over-the-counter creams for genital folliculitis?

Genital follicululit: s Gerarally it's is best to keep the area clean with an antibacterial soap and let the hair grow out. Putting cream on the area often interferes with this process. If necessary we are more likely to treat with oral antibiotics or drain any severe lesions. All the best and I hope this recovers soon. ...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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What are some over the counter medicine i can use for vaginal pimples/folliculitis?

What are some over the counter medicine i can use for vaginal pimples/folliculitis?

Folliculitis: I recommend buying a feminine wash with antibacterial soap to cleanse the area. There are no over the counter creams recommended for the area. You need to see a physician to be examined and obtain a prescription for this infection, and to be certain it is not a different problem. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for recurrent folliculitis?

What is the best treatment for recurrent folliculitis?

Depends...: ...On what kind of folliculitis you have, and on what part of the body it is occurring. A dermatologist can tailor a specific treatment for your folliculitis. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment to manage or cure folliculitis pseudomonas?

Is there a treatment to manage or cure folliculitis pseudomonas?

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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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