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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)

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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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 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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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 long does folliculitis last?

Depends: Let untreated, if may go on for years, with the infection spreading from one follicle to the next. 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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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

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Why does shaving cause folliculitis?

Ingrown hair: Folliculitis centers around a follicle in which the pore is clogged with debris or in the case of shaving, a hair that starts to grow inward on iteself. The latter also clogs the pore, resulting in oil and dirt build up, bacterial growth, inflammation and pus formation. ...Read more

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How can I treat a folliculitis wound?

Hot compress: Hot compresses to an area of folliculitis can help soothe and decrease the size. You should see your doctor if symptoms persist and you may need some antibitoics. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does folliculitis clear up by itself?

Sometimes: At times, your body can fight off a minor follicular infection. At other times, you may require antibiotics to treat. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long do folliculitis take to heal?

Depends: If it is due to an infectious agent then appropriate treatment (i.e. An antibiotic if it is due to a bacteria) should help within a few days of beginning treatment. Sometimes folliculitis can be caused by fungus which needs to be treated with different medications. Seeing a dermatologist will help you come to a good solution. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long does folliculitis usually last?

Generally: it needs antibiotics to get rid of it otherwise it can become a cellulitis and spreading infection. ...Read more

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How can you reduce your risk of folliculitis?

Depends.: If folliculitis is at beard area, it is your job to keep this area clean, particularly after shave. But sometimes, it's the hair curved back into skin causing "pseudofolliculitis" ( it is irritation, not true infection). If folliculits appears on chest or back, may be the hot/sweating environment contributes it. Avoid that. Or watch your personal hygiene. ...Read more