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Do you think my skin under my penis head is swollen because I bandaged it up because of sores from folliculitis on my head? Two days ago it was fine

Do you think my skin under my penis head is swollen because I bandaged it up because of sores from folliculitis on my head? Two days ago it was fine

Infected?: You shouldn't get folliculitis on the head of your penis. Folliculitis is an infection of hair follicles and there are no hair follicles there. So the sores you had there, and now the swelling that is spreading down the shaft makes me concerned that you might have an infection. Suggest you see your doctor as soon as possible.

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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Can folliculitis on the pubic area cause a burning sensation in the penis' head?

Can folliculitis on the pubic area cause a burning sensation in the penis' head?

Not likely: A folliculitis is an inflammation of the follicles usually associated with superficial bacterial infection. Burning of the glans is likely due to another cause - maybe medicine you have been applying to your groin? Burning with urination is a different story and could be related to urinary tract infection or an std.

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Can genital folliculitis be present on my penis? Or is that more typical of herpes

Can genital folliculitis be present on my penis? Or is that more typical of herpes

More typical of herp: If you provide DETAILS a better answer will be possible. How long? Recurrent? EXACT APPEARANCE AND LOCATION.

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Cocaine abuse. Got rash base penis and like foliculitis on upper legs. Swolen glands heartburn cough comes and goes and I'm always tired please help?

Cocaine abuse. Got rash base penis and like foliculitis on upper legs. Swolen glands heartburn cough comes and goes and I'm always tired please help?

Is this from: withdrawal or continuous abuse-pattern usage? It makes a difference because with the former, some medical attention and continued sobriety portends resolution of symptoms; whereas, with the latter, the symptoms likely will stay the same or get worse. Cocaine abuse is potentially deadly in both the short-and-long-term, so SERIOUSLY consider getting help and quitting. You may need medical help

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Is folliculitis painful?

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.

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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.

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What could cause my folliculitis?

What could cause my folliculitis?

Germs: Germs such as bacteria may be the culprit.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is folliculitis contagious?

No.: "no" to other people, but may be "yes" to yourself-it might spread from one area to another.

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Can folliculitis bumps leak?

Yes: Yes they can but usually are painful if squeezed. Warm compresses are best.

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Will bleach get rid of folliculitis?

Will bleach get rid of folliculitis?

Bleach effect: Folliculitis is usually caused by a staph infection. By adding 2-3 tablespoons of bleach to a tub of warm soapy water you can cut down on the recurrence of folliculitis. The bleach has a bactericidal effect.

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How do I clear up scalp folliculitis?

Medicated shampoo: Typically I have patients try an over the counter medicated shampoo such as head and shoulders or Nizoral (ketoconazole) to start, but if that is not effective, I give them a prescription shampoo and sometimes a topical antibiotic to control this pesky condtion. There not a cure for folliculitis, but rather patients can control it with proper meds.

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Can vinegar remove folliculitis scars?

Can vinegar remove folliculitis scars?

Forever but better: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there.

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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.

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Can you have sex if you have folliculitis?

Sure: Try to identify the cause. Pityrosporum folliculitis is a variant on tinea versicolor that many physicians aren't familiar with. Even a severe pustular folliculitis isn't an infection hazard to that special person in your life.