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The Causes and Cures of Folliculitis

What is  Folliculitis?

Skin conditions are very irritating not just because they cause pain but they are extremely awful to look at. You don’t just feel pain because of the condition itself but also feel some pain when you look at what the condition is doing to your skin. 

Folliculitis is a well-known skin condition and it can prove pretty painful. The condition is the name given to very small red dots or bumps appearing on the skin. The red bumps appear on the skin as a result of inflammation of one or a few of the hair follicles. When the hair follicles become swollen, the red bumps start appearing in the region surrounding the hair follicles over the skin. If you want to treat folliculitis, a most anoying skin problem, read on. 

Who can get Folliculitis?

Folliculitis doesn’t affect a certain segment or part of the population and can affect any human being of any age regardless of the individual’s sex, habits, culture, nationality or race. Folliculitis is a skin condition which can affect anyone who has hair.

The main point to understand is that the condition only affects areas where there is hair. So, if there are red bumps of any kind on nose, your ears, your forehead or your palm, folliculitis can’t be blamed for that. However, if the red bumps appear on your chest, your chin, your legs, your arms or anywhere where there is hair growth, you can suspect that folliculitis is responsible for it.

There are no reported cases of red bumps appearing all over the body as a result of Folliculitis. Usually, folliculitis affects the regions where individuals try to remove the hair. For instance, red bumps are commonly observed on the chin of males as males tend to shave their beard very often. Similarly, folliculitis affects the legs and arms the most amongst females as they adopt any strategy to remove their hair. It doesn’t matter if they use waxing or shaving or any other method. The follicle infections and painful ingrown hairs, avoid them by skipping shaving. The red bumps or red spots actually make you itch a lot and burn a bit too and can cause pain as a result.

Causes of Folliculitis

There can be a number of factors which can cause folliculitis. These include:

Presence of a number of infectious organisms passed from the equipment used to remove the hair.

Presence of infectious organisms in the environment.

Any anatomical deficiency

Use of drugs

The treatment of folliculitis is completely related with the cause behind it and this is why doctors and physicians give a lot of importance to finding the underlying cause for the condition. 

Diagnosis of Folliculitis

Dermatologists often are able to diagnose that the red spots might be an indication of Folliculitis. As a result, they may ask for a couple of tests. One of the tests would be for Folliculitis and another for a similar skin condition so that they are able to eliminate all other possibilities and confirm that the red spots are an indication of Folliculitis. 

The test for diagnose of folliculitis vary and the kind of test ordered depends on the dermatologist and his/her assessment of your case. Some might ask for a test where the pus from your red bumps would be taken and observed while some might ask for a test where your hair from the region would be taken and observed. Some might even ask for a very simple skin biopsy. 

There are different types of folliculitis. For instance, there is one that 's folliculitis, aka razor burn. The dermatologists might ask for different tests so as to ascertain the type of folliculitis.

Treatment of Folliculitis

There are a number of treatments and cures available for folliculitis and it all depends on how the dermatologist goes about treating it. The treatment options include:

Use of exfoliating sponges and exfoliating gloves.
Use of antibacterial wash over the affected region. 
Use of moisturizes.
Warm compressing of the affected region with solutions. The solution usually used is one that includes white vinegar. The consistency of white vinegar to water is kept around one to four. 
Use of antibiotics in cases which are slightly more severe. This option is usually not used at first and is only taken up if exfoliating sponges and moisturizes fail in bringing any type of improvement. 
Use IPL and laser hair removal technology. It might sound a bit dangerous to you at first but it’s a very sound modern treatment option for folliculitis. The only considerations that need to be made with this treatment are that the patient is not pregnant or breast feeding a child or is not a cancer patient. 

 

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