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Folliculitis

Folliculitis on the face

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‘Barber’s itch’ sounds like something you might catch after an ill-advised sexual encounter with your hairstylist, but it’s actually another name for folliculitis. Also known as ‘hot tub folliculitis’, this condition manifests itself as small, white-headed pimples around one or more hair follicles, which, although itchy, cause little pain. However, deep or recurring folliculitis may need medical treatment. There are some simple treatments you can apply yourself, such as placing a warm, moist flannel over the affected area; trying an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help soothe itchy skin; and avoiding shaving the irritated skin altogether. A superficial case of folliculitis will usually clear by itself in a few days, but if there’s no improvement after two or three days, then you should go and see your GP.

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Mine started as a patch of redness in the middle of my face 12 years ago. It has now spread to all over my face, my neck, my chest and now the tops of my shoulders as well. I have seen over 30 different doctors and have paid thousands of dollars to have it treated as acne. I was just told this week that it's folliculitis. I am both anguished and relieved that I know what it is now, but can't believe it's taken 12 years. I go for culture tests tomorrow and am praying that it is as simple as the dermatologist says-that I'll only need a pill and it'll clear up. I want to be able to look in the mirror and not be scared of the skin that I'm in.





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I was diagnosed with foliculitus after suffering from Irritant Contact Dermatitis about 13 years ago and have recurring problems on beard and chest more than anywhere else. I have tried everything and prescribed with Elocon and Limecyclin all to no avail. I hate this condition as it fuels my depression and anxieties further and just wish I could keep it under control.





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I have had this problem with my son for the past year or so on his scalp he had a lot of acne problems and was on antibiotics for a long time wich can be the cause but l think he got it from a barbers he used to go to he likes to get his head shaved right down to a number 1 n think he caught it off dirty equipment , l am currently getting him to use a soap substitute called Dermal lotion , he has only used a couple of times but it looks as if it has calmed down a lot just have to. wait n see , I've had to do a lot of research myself to find a salution the gp just said it was scalp acne but if this doesn't work the next step is to go n get a swob taken at a dermatologist to see what type of bacteria it actually is because there is a few different types of folliculitis then we will know what kind of treatment he needs , the Dermal lotion comes in a shower lotion , cream and there's one that you pour into your bath water for your whole body , l actually use it aswell as it makes my skin lovely and soft , it is antiseptic and soothes the itching l think it's worth a try l will update on how it's working on clearing the folliculitis in a couple of days /weeks .





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I have suffered from folliculitis for a few years now tried various tablets from my GP but they did not work . I get them in my beard so can't always shave because of it . When it's fully active on me I suffer from large hard and painful lumps or lots of smaller clusters of spots that form white crusts . It can get embarrassing when talking to people . I usually stand with the spots facing away from who ever I'm speaking to. I was prescribed Hibi scrub which although hasn't fully cured it has helped to slightly control the outbreaks but I need to wash with it 2 times a day. If I stop using it then it does flair up again





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i`m turning 42 ad have had Folliculitis since i was 19. I have tried a dozen creams, diff soaps, washing powers and other things with no luck. In the last year i tried one kind of pill and after 6 months nothing. I then got set back a few months ago to a new person who gave me yet another pill. 60 days on that and nothing. This week i have broken out on bum , back of legs and near knees. This is a life changer as never go shirt less and also tried the light treatment 2 years ago.





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How can I treat folliculitis scarring? And how can i remove folliculitis once it has broken out? (it does at least 1-2 times a month)for about four years I have constantly had folliculitis and keratosis pilaris. I have dark purple scars around my bikini line, back of thighs, back of arms and stomach.Ive pretty much given up hope of nice skin but I would try anything at this point. My gp has tried giving my anti inflammatories but refuses to refer me to a dermatologist.





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Hello. I have had folliculitis for years. I recently discovered something that has helped a great deal. It exfoliatea and seems to empty pores. I WOULD LOVE PEOPLE TO TRY IT AND GET BACK TO ME ON HERE. It's very cheap and called sulphur soap. I got it from Amazon but you can get it from boots but I haven't tried the boots one yet (dead sea). Give it a try. I am amazed at how smooth my skin is. People on Amazong go on about the smell of sulphur but it doesn't bother me that much.





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Same here its the CURE..sulfur soap n you ll be amazed

I have had a spot on my vulvar which was very itchy and swollen. GP gave me thrush cream and pesaries which didn't help at all . I find the spot moves from by my vagina and is now next to my anus and very itchy i have had this a very long time please help Thankyou J





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This sounds like hidradenitis supportiva and it often under diagnosed. Speak to your GP or dermatologist.

I have follicultious on my face,chest and back.There is no tangible solution,other,than keeping your sheets,towels,clean and being on antiobiodics.This is a contagious skin disease I am now so,embarrassed to go outside,due,to the ugliness of this disease.If you are immumo depressed in any way,causes the skin to become more,inflamed.Apple cider vinegar is suppose to help,it is not a cure.This has affected my life,it is uncomfortable,itchy.I wish there was a proven cure for this.My heart goes out to everyone that has this.





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Im 24 and ive been fighting folliculitis since i was 15. It all started when i got a boil on my thigh, and after week both my legs and arms were covered. A month later i started noticing my skin was always itchy and after shaving my skin would rash up then break out with little white lumps. I tried antibiotics, hydrocortisone cream & other soothing creams aswell as changing my dieting but nothing works. ( Over the course of years ). My skin still itches, rashs up & at least once a month it gets to the point where i cant stand, put weight on my legs because its too painful to bear. Talking to the doctors they always prescribe the same thing and the fluloxacilin pills & amoxicilin pills make my legs break out & its painful as hell. I am way too embrassed to show my legs, back & arms in front of people & i havnt for 9 years, please is their anything else i can do





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