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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

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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Does folliculitis start to peel after about a week? And would a pediatrician be able to diagnose it without a test besides vision?

Does folliculitis start to peel after about a week? And would a pediatrician be able to diagnose it without a test besides vision?

Folloculitis: Often times skin rashes or topical skin infections, if not properly treated can itch, peel or even burn or become painful. Usually simple enough to treat unless have progressed to a certain extent or more serious infection. It would be best to be seen and treated properly to avoid more serious complicstions. ...Read more

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Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?

Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?

False pos very rare: False positive tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) (culture or PCR) are extremely rare and you probably don't need a blood test. However, a blood test still may be useful, e.g. to help tell new herpes from a recurrent outbreak, or if for some reason the virus type (HSV1 or 2) wasn't determined from the swab test. Folliculitis and herpes can be confused, but rarely by an experienced clinician. ...Read more

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Is folliculitis a sign of hiv? Bearing in mind I have had a rapid finger prick test at 17weeks & it was negative.

No it is not: no it is not folliculitis is a seperate problem if you are concern about your immune system in general you can boost it by eating healthy food and take extra vitamin C and ZINK they are temorary solution but id does help some keep getting tested as your doctor will advise you ...Read more

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Rash and folliculitis still occuring. I did hiv1/2 antibody test today(4months after exposure) showed negative. Conclusive ?

Rash and folliculitis still occuring. I did hiv1/2 antibody test today(4months after exposure) showed negative. Conclusive ?

No: These symptoms you have may be caused by any number of concerns. However, they are not the primary symptoms of hiv. To be 100% sure, retest yourself in 6 months. ...Read more

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Could my folliculitis be fungal? Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo has improved it? Got better after I quit doxy. Culture test showed infection, couldn't tell what kind

Could my folliculitis be fungal? Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo has improved it? Got better after I quit doxy. Culture test showed infection, couldn't tell what kind

Observation: Nizoral (ketoconazole) can help with fungal infection, but you do not know the result of culture. It will be better now to wait 2-3 days after you completed doxy and observe. If it getting better no needs for other medicated shampoo ...Read more

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Hiv tests neg at 8mth bt kissin ulcrs on labia/vulva tht lsted fr ovr a mth that dint GT btr wth antibiotics also had folliculitis cramps and acne y?

Hiv tests neg at 8mth bt kissin ulcrs on labia/vulva tht lsted fr ovr a mth that dint GT btr wth antibiotics also had folliculitis cramps and acne y?

See doc- : Really need history and exam, may be herpes, syphillis, or (less likely based on description) hpv. Could be not std related but these should be ruled out in you and any sexual partners. ...Read more