Folliculitis usually occurs at sites where hair follicles are damaged by friction or shaving, or where there is blockage of the follicle. Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) due to overactivity of the sweat glands can be another cause. Sometimes, using a steroid cream on the face can trigger a bout of folliculitis.
Why do I keep getting folliculitis?
Folliculitis is most often caused by an infection of hair follicles with Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria. Folliculitis may also be caused by viruses, fungi and even an inflammation from ingrown hairs.
How do you treat recurrent folliculitis?
First line treatment is indomethacin (50 mg/day). Other therapies include UVB phototherapy, minocycline, or dapsone. Pityrosporum folliculitis initially responds to topical antifungals such as ketoconazole cream or shampoo but is often associated with relapses. For relapses, systemic antifungals should be tried.
Can folliculitis be cured completely?
Most cases of folliculitis are completely curable. There are very uncommon, long-standing cases of folliculitis that may not be curable. Often these more resistant cases may be controlled with proper treatment and medication. Folliculitis sometimes clears completely by itself without treatment.
What aggravates folliculitis?
You may get folliculitis if you have damaged hair follicles. Shaving or wearing clothes that rub the skin can irritate the follicles, which can lead to folliculitis. They also can become blocked or irritated by sweat, machine oils, or makeup. When the follicles are injured, they are more likely to become infected.
What happens if folliculitis doesn’t go away?
If folliculitis goes untreated it may result in serious or deep infections that may spread or cause permanent scarring, cellulitis, or even enter the bloodstream and become life-threatening. Each hair on your body grows out of a pocket in your skin called a follicle.
What kills folliculitis?
Doctors can treat severe folliculitis with a prescription-strength antifungal or antibiotic ointment. They can also prescribe a medicated shampoo that relieves itching, and helps kill infectious microbes. Eosinophilic folliculitis may become a chronic, but mild condition.
Should I pop folliculitis bumps?
Don’t cut, poke, or squeeze the sores. This can be painful and spread infection. Don’t scratch the affected area. Scratching can delay healing.
Should I exfoliate folliculitis?
2. Avoiding abrasive exfoliation. Exfoliation is the best way to keep dead skin cells from clogging the pores and follicles. However, using a regular loofah or scrub may be too harsh, especially for those with inflamed or tender skin.
What foods to avoid if you have folliculitis?
Brooks also advises avoiding diets high in carbs and sugars or with a high glycemic index, which can cause fluctuations in your glucose levels. “Rising glucose levels increase hormones in your skin, leading to oil production, which can cause folliculitis [inflammation of hair follicles],” he says.
Can folliculitis last for months?
Chronic or recurring folliculitis is less likely to clear with just antibiotics. Often this is on the legs of women, but it can occur in any areas of shaving, waxing, hair plucking or friction. These need to be stopped for at least 3 months to allow the hair to grow in healthy.
Is folliculitis a STD?
Folliculitis isn’t a sexually transmitted inflected (STI). In some cases, it can transfer via close skin contact, but it’s not transferred sexually.
Does coconut oil help folliculitis?
The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that can help protect against harmful microorganisms. This is helpful when treating skin conditions like acne, cellulitis, folliculitis and athlete’s foot, which are all caused by bacteria or fungi.