Treatment for Folliculitis

by Garreth Myers


The world today is affected by a lot of pollution and the standard of living along is changing drastically. There are a lot of medical conditions that were once unknown that have come to affect individuals all over the world. It is therefore necessary that we have some basic knowledge of these sicknesses and ailments that could affect us at different stages in our lives. This is necessary as it would put us in a better position when it comes to treatment of the condition. Folliculitis is one such condition and treatment for folliculitis is something that can be readily achieved. This refers to one of the more common skin conditions and is characterized by the presence of small red or pink bumps around the follicles - which is where the hair stems from the skin.

The more common locations of the body that is usually affected by the condition include the back, legs, chest, cheeks and buttocks. When affected by folliculitis, the individual is likely to see about 10 to 100 bumps scattered around a larger area such as the back. While the condition is known to primarily affect teenagers or young adults, it may still affect individuals of all ages. On a medical level, the condition is not considered to be of significant medical risk and is more often with aesthetic impact. This is one of the reasons the cures for folliculits and methods on getting rid of folliculitis are often sought by many. However, the condition is known to cause a significant amount of discomfort with some of the more common symptoms of folliculitis including pain, erythema - which is an inflammation as well as reddening of the skin, and edema. Some of the inflamed lesions are likely to contain some amount of pus - especially in the case of them growing to significantly large sizes. In the event that you have developed a wound culture around the area - this is one of the most common signs of bacteria being involved.

Causes

There are a wide number of causes of folliculitis and studies have shown that the condition affects as many as 10% to 20% of all people at some point of time in their lives. The condition is also known to develop as a symptom of some other medical condition such as in the case of diabetes, cancer, HIV, hepatitis and use of immune suppressing drugs. In the event that the condition is the result of some other, more serious medical condition, treatment for folliculitis of the scalp, face and legs as well as any other part of the body will depend heavily on ensuring that you treat the primary condition in the first place. Some of the other major factors that are known to be common causes of folliculitis in children as well as adults include being infected by bacteria known as staphylococcus aureus. Making a conscious effort to avoid infection by these bacteria would mean making sure that your living hygiene standards are up to the mark. In the event that the condition is allowed to progress without any significant medical treatment being offered to it, there is a likelihood that the condition will progress into what is known as a systemic infection that will also see the development of a fever as well as malaise.

When looking closely into identifying the factors that could be listed as the more common causes of folliculitis in children as well as adults, one should always make it a point to take a closer look at the kind of medication he or she is under to identify if that any of its side effects could have caused the condition. This is because the symptoms of folliculitis could also be an indicator of pointing towards some other condition.

One type of folliculitis is known as hot tub folliculitis. This develops when an individual soaks in a hot tub or Jacuzzi. In such cases the individual would be affected by the development of a number of small red bumps all over the trunk or back. In most cases of hot tub folliculitis, the condition will exude almost no symptoms apart from the itchiness. This is not dangerous and the condition will usually clear itself up without any significant medical treatment.

Preventions and Remedies

When affected by folliculitis it is also important to make sure that the cosmetics that you use on a regular basis are in no way affecting or reacting with your skin. Because of the fact that the condition is so common all over the world, there are a number of home remedies for folliculitis that have proved to be very beneficial. For instance, one of the most commonly used home remedy options is to apply a small amount of tea tree oil over the affected area. The anti septic, anti fungal and anti bacterial properties of tea tree oil will go a long way into ensuring that the area of the skin is free of contamination. The juice extracted from onions or garlic are known to be very effective as well given that they, too, have anti bacterial properties. All you need to do is extract the juice from a couple of onions or pods of garlic and apply it over the boil. Doing this would cause the boils to ripen and break, thereby evacuation any puss that was contained within. Another very effective option is to apply a mixture of about 1 teaspoon of milk cream and a single teaspoon of vinegar, along with a pinch of turmeric powder and apply it over the affected area.

The application of a warm compress over the affected areas of the body is known to do wonders and help significantly. This not only helps heal the rashes and prevents any further spread; it also helps soothe the irritated patches of skin as well. One of the most important aspects to consider when affected by folliculitis is to ensure that you shave very carefully as there is a high likelihood that any cuts or damages (very possible given the fact that there are a large number of pustules around the affected area) could lead to even greater infection. Women should choose other methods of hair removal in times when they are affected by the condition. If you us ea hot tub regularly, make it a point to use some amount of chlorine to kill any bacteria that might be present. One could always depend on home remedies when considering treatment for folliculitis on the face, scalp, legs as well as when working towards methods for getting rid of folliculitis scars. It is recommended that you check with your doctor when considering treatment for folliculitis in children.


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