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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

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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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Can you tell me of an over-the-counter cure for folliculitis?

Can you tell me of an over-the-counter cure for folliculitis?

No cure: Pityrosporum folliculitis usually is controllable with any of a range of medicines, some Rx, some (like blue dandruff shampoo) over the counter. Bacterial folliculitis is tougher to deal with. ...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

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What is an effective treatment for folliculitis?

Folliculitis tx: Folliculitis is infection of the hair follicles with bacteria, yeast or fungus. Folliculitis usually starts with some kind of damage to hair follicle surface, like shaving, friction or irritation. That allows the infection inside. Treatment depends on the cause. For bacterial folliculitis topical or oral antibiotics. For yeast or fungal folliculitis oral medication is usually needed. ...Read more

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What could be use as a treatment for folliculitis?

What could be use as a treatment for folliculitis?

Warm compresses: Warm compresses three times a day. Prevention: related to shaving? Hot tubs? Usually goes away on its own. If it gets worse or doesn't get better in a week, see your doc about prescription Mupirocin cream & to confirm it's folliculitis. ...Read more

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What are the folliculitis causes , cure and treatment?

See below: Please consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/folliculitis/basics/definition/CON-20025909 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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Which treatment works the best and fastest for folliculitis?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for folliculitis?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics will clear folliculitis but it easily recurs. An antibacterial soap will decrease recurrences as well as absorbent powder during exercise to absorb sweat. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for folliculitis?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for folliculitis?

Skin and detox: Lots of remedies for folliculitis. The question I have is what is causing it? Are you detoxing? Having a reaction to soaps, shampoos, foods? Start with your bathroom cabinet and check your products against the website www.Ewg.Org. There you will find a cosmetics database of over 69, 000 products. Keep anything you place on your skin/scalp in the 0-2 range and see if your folliculitis doesn't clear. ...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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I've had folliculitis in the vaginal area for years now, what is the best treatment for the scarring and itch it has created?

I've had folliculitis in the vaginal area for years now, what is the best treatment for the scarring and itch it has created?

Stop shaving?: If you have been shaving the area, stop. That may be the main problem, perhaps the only problem. If pubic area hair control remains important, consider a hair removal cream instead. If not shaving, other factors may be important -- for example, you may be carrying virulent staph or strep. If you haven't yet seen a dermatologist, consider it now. She or he should be able to sort this out. Good luck ...Read more

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Prescriped doxy 50 for folliculitis. been two months and still getting breakouts on body? should I stop? I'm aware it's not standard treatment for it

Prescriped doxy 50 for folliculitis. been two months and still getting breakouts on body? should I stop? I'm aware it's not standard treatment for it

Doxycycline: It is important to decide if you have chronic folliculitis or adult onset acne. Consider other treatments which might include Retin-A cream, topical Cleocin solution or Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel. Also address any issues with oral contraceptives and their role in acne. Consider seeing a dermatologist, or even oral Acutane. ...Read more

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