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If you spot red, inflamed pus-filled pimple with a hair growing out of it, or a cluster of these, anywhere on your body, and your doctor diagnoses folliculitis, you’ll soon get some relief in the form of safe and effective folliculitis treatments that can return your skin to normal, minus those oozing, crusty folliculitis pimples that are causing you to cover up, stay home from social engagements, run away from cameras at weddings and social events, or avoid intimacy. The appearance of angry, red, inflamed pimples on your face, body or groin is never a welcome sight, and you’ll surely want to clear that problem up as soon as possible.
Top treatments for folliculitis include the following:
For mild cases of folliculitis:
A mild folliculitis breakout usually heals on its own in about 2 weeks, and your doctor’s advice for these barely-there but still distressing breakouts may include applying a warm compress to your affected areas, applying a warm compress made with white vinegar or a special solution suggested by your doctor, to ease itching and help speed healing. A medicated shampoo may be used to help heal folliculitis on the scalp.
For moderate to severe cases of folliculitis:
If your infection doesn’t go away after a few days of good self care, including compresses and your doctor’s suggested remedies, you may need an antibiotic or an antifungal cream, and if your infection is severe, you may be prescribed antibiotics or antifungal pills.
Be sure to call your doctor right away if you have folliculitis and a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, or the infected area becomes red, swollen, warm or more painful. And your doctor also needs to know if your folliculitis is spreading or keeps coming back.
If your infection doesn’t heal after initial treatment, or keeps coming back, your dermatologist may suggest laser hair removal, which works by destroying the hair follicles via laser treatments, which then means the follicles can’t get infected.
To Help Prevent Folliculitis or Keep it from Srpeading:
Some smart lifestyle tips can help you protect your skin from the symptoms of folliculitis:
- Bathe or shower every day with a mild soap, avoiding too-hot water. Also, bathe or shower after each time you exercise and after you work around chemicals like cleaning solutions.
- Avoid sharing towels, washcloths, or other personal items. If your home has a ‘community towel’ plan in which family members may just grab the towel that’s on the towel bar, even to dry their just-washed faces, it’s time to change that plan. Give each member of the family his or her own towel hook, with his or her own color of towel to keep them safe, and whoever has the folliculitis problem should stick to his or her own towels and washcloths for safety of all.
- If you have folliculitis, use a clean washcloth and towel each time you bathe. Yes, that may make more laundry, but it’s a smart and easy (and free!) way to help prevent folliculitis problems.
- Don’t scratch the bumps. And definitely don’t pop them, thinking you’re helping them to heal more quickly if they’re ‘clear.’ Popping these infected bumps can push the infection deeper into your skin layers, causing a large problem, and you may also cause scarring or greater infection, or spread the infection to other parts of your body.
- Avoid shaving the bumps. If you must shave the affected area, change your razor blade each time. Talk to your dermatologist about any depilitory creams or lotions before you use them, to assess if you should be treating areas with pus-filled or scabbed pimples, and talk to your doctor also before you get any affected areas of your body waxed.
- Avoid using oils on your skin, such as coconut oil, argan oil on your hair that can affect your scalp or other body oils or oil-based lotions. Oils can trap bacteria in the pores of your skin and can cause or worsen folliculitis.
- After you use public hot tubs or spas, shower right away with soap and change into clean clothing – and fresh socks and sneakers, if that’s your footwear for the day – as soon as possible. If you own your own hot tub, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for keeping it clean.