Folliculitis Treatment Tips

By: Juliet Cohen

Folliculitis Home Treatment & Treatment Tips

Folliculitis usually looks like red pimples with a hair in the center of each one. The pimples may have pus in them, and they often itch or burn. Folliculitis is a primary inflammation of the hair follicle that occurs as a result of various infections or secondary to follicular trauma or occlusion. Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, blockage of the follicle, or shaving. 

The symptoms may be pain, erythema and edema. The lesions may range from tiny white-topped pustules to large, yellow pus-filled lesions.

Folliculitis Home Treatment

1) Oral Medications
Tinea barbae infection especially the inflammatory form can be effectively treated with oral antifungal medications.

  • Use Topical antibiotics
    Topical antiseptic such as bacitracin with polymyxin B, may be administered and treatment is adequate for most cases. 
  • Systemic (oral) antibiotics are usually only prescribed for extensive infection, in carbunculosis, systemic infection or spreading cellulitis.
  • Some patients may benefit from systemic flucloxacillin.

2) Apply Moist Heat
Moist Heat compresses to the local area helps promote vasodilation and drainage from the lesions. Keeping skin clean, dry, and free from abrasions or irritation can help prevent folliculitis. Furuncles and carbuncles may require an incision and drainage of pus. 

3) Cleaning the infected area with Antiseptic Soap
Cleaning thoroughly with soap and water, or with a disinfectant preparation containing chlorhexidine or povidone iodine, is usually an effective Folliculitis Home Treatment. Avoid constricting clothing. Apply a warm, moist wash cloth or compress to the affected area.

4) Try an oatmeal lotion or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help soothe itchy skin. Gently wash the infected skin twice a day with antibacterial soap or apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment.

Folliculitis Prevention Tips

1) Don't share your towels or washcloths, and launder them in plenty of hot, soapy water after every use. Wash clothes that cover the affected areas after each wearing.

2) Tight clothes especially jeans and athletic wear may be stylish, but make sure they don't chafe your skin. Use an electric razor or a new blade every time you shave.

Avoid shaving irritated skin. 

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