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What exactly is foliculitis?

What exactly is foliculitis?

Inflamation: This is the name of the inflamation of the hair follicules of the skin. Most of the time is due to a imbalance between the bacterias in the skin they colonize the follicules and the body produce and inflamatory process in order to eradicates and destroy the offending bacteria. The most common bacterias are streptococcus species but one of the most important nowday is staphylococcus aureus. ...Read more

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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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How can I differentiate between a pimple and folliculitis on scalp/beard area? How do I know what exactly it is?

How can I differentiate between a pimple and folliculitis on scalp/beard area? How do I know what exactly it is?

Same thing, almost: There is not a whole lot of difference between the two. Pimple starts as blockage of pores of follicles and goes to inflammation. Folliculits starts as bacterial infection of the follicle. They end up with a similar result. You may consult this site for home remedies: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment ...Read more

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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. ...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 long can folliculitis last?

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 could i treat folliculitis?

How could i treat folliculitis?

Different ways: If it is not severe and over the counter benzoyl peroxidewash maybe all you need. If it is serious in that you have a lot of lesions, i would see your primary care doctor or a dermatologist to see if an oral antibiotic is necessary. ...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?

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