Patient discussion about folliculitis

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Q. How can folliculitis be treated?

A1that ^ is true, it passes by itself after couple of weeks. what you should be aware of is the causes of it , that can give you an idea how to avoid it next time:

* Use a hot tub, whirlpool, or swimming pool that is not properly treated with chlorine.
* Wear tight clothes.
* Use antibiotics or steroid cream for long periods.
* Use or work with substances that can irritate or block the follicles. Examples include makeup, cocoa butter, motor oil, tar, and creosote.
* Have an infected cut, scrape, or surgical incision. The bacteria or fungi can spread to nearby hair follicles.
* Have a disease such as diabetes or HIV that lowers your ability to fight infection.
A2Usually mild folliculitis heals on its own in about 2 weeks. Warm compresses made with white vinegar or Burow's solution may help relieve itching and aid healing. If the infection does not go away, an antibiotic or antifungal cream will usually clear up the condition. Medicated shampoos are available to treat folliculitis on the scalp or beard.

For deeper, more severe infections, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic or antifungal pills.

Sometimes the infection is stubborn and requires a long course of treatment. In some cases, laser hair removal may be an option. Laser treatment destroys the hair follicles so they can't become infected.
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