Folliculitis is a pain! Learn all about the causes, effective treatments and why you should be wary of hot tubs!
Folliculitis is an infection of:
- The facial muscles.
- Pores on the nose.
- Hair follicles.
How can you avoid damaging hair follicles?
- There is no easy way.
- Comb your hair twice daily.
- Avoid growing your hair longer than six inches.
Severe cases of folliculitis can lead to permanent blindness.
Hair follicles appear everywhere on your body except:
- The palms of your hands, the soles of your feet and your ears.
- The back and neck.
- The palms of your hands, the soles of your feet and your mucous membranes.
Folliculitis is most often caused by the common bacteria known as staph.
Infections can also occur when these substances enter the follicle:
- Hairspray and gels.
- Yeast or fungus.
- Dirt and grime.
Mild folliculitis heals on its own in about two months.
These types of creams treat the cause of the infection:
- Antibiotic or citric acid.
- Oatmeal and sugar.
- Antibiotic or antifungal.
Hot tubs can cause folliculitis:
A doctor can treat more severe cases of folliculitis with:
- Liquid nitrogen or lasers.
- Chemical peels and salt tablets.
- Fluconazole or an oral antibiotic.