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Conditions

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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I have been suffering from folliculitis since I was 13. I only suffered on the back on my arms and my upper thighs. Over the last 10 years it has been spreading even though I have been using hydrocortisone cream, all brands of eczema creams, steroid soaps, soak in iodine, they even gave me shampoo to bathe in. I've also tried natural products such as neem, tea tree, peppermint, coconut oil, African black soap, my mum even made an Ayurvedic turmeric body scrub. I am fully covered top to toes during all 4 seasons, I am so embarrassed to show any skin as it has completely covered my entire body except for my face and neck. It is so depressing and makes me so angry that the Drs won't recommend me to a specialist. Sometimes I think that it don't have anything to do with folliculitis and that it could be something more complex than that. I was told it would clear up by the time I'm 21, buts it's gotten worse and now I'm 24 and my son who is 1 years old rubs my arms and asks me 'mama, what is that?'. I'm so stressed about it.





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I have server folicolitis on my vagina lips , the skin is lumpy now with a constant raised itchy rash. This has stopped me having intercourse with my partner completely, on top of this I suffer from BV . Please can anyone shed any light on this condition? I don't know what more I can try and it's beginning to effect me mentally... My Gp said that I could have all the lumps removed but this would be very painful and would still be left with (lumpy) scare tissue. help...





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My partner has always had spots on his scalp, now I've got them! Totally disgusted by it now its in my hair... I've tried ketoconozole shampoos and selsun? Not sure of the active ingredient in that.... hydroquartozone creams and anti fungal med's as well as anti biotic s. tea tree shampoo and conditioners, I leave them in over night to help, which seems to work for a while then it flares up again like everyone else here experiences! I change my bedding and pillowcases every 3-4 days and boil & tumble dry them! I never had a problem with my health till I met this guy! last year my lymph nodes all over my body had swollen, I had a blotchy rash all over my skin! Doctors took blood tests and sent me for chest X rays to rule out cancer I think (suspected lymphoma) I am a manic depressive person and this is definitely not helping that issue nor doing much for my low self esteem in general... I'm almost at my wits end with it all now





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Could it possibly be an STI, after exhausting all other avenues I'm starting to think HPV, or something along those lines, also I never used to get headaches, now I have sore points at the top of my head and can't stand bright lights as this causes my headaches as well! Starring to feel someone what of a hypochondriac and before I met him I never stepped foot in a doctor's, was never ill or really suffered colds... immune system, white blood cell infection? Someone please suggest something

Hi I am Having a problem with lumps and sports on my head and face. The Lumps feel like they are filled with a liquid type substance. The spots can feel itchy and after a few days the sort of dry up and leave a hard point. I have had this know for three weeks.





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I have a recurring red rash with tiny pustules all over my trunk. All test negative. It was flaring monthly and now really never goes away. Doxycycline clears however as soon as I stop taking its back. All bloodwork normal.





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Hi I have a problem that's driving me mad between my anus and scrotum an itch comes and goes every fews days for the past four months and on testicles themselves followed by crawling itch all over body then it goes again few days later it's back please help





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Hi i was diagnosed with acute follicalitis 7 years ago on my scalpthat start as small red lumps that get to the size of a boil with fluid in them.I now have a few bald patches on the back of my scalp the size of a 5 pence peace.ive been put on amoxycillin and fluxocillin time and again with a very small amount of success.they become painful and forever oozing fluid.im running out of ideas and its causing me dipression.can anyone please help.?thanks.simon





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I'm an african american women age 21 and I have bee suffering from folliculitis in my public area for 7 years now. I developed folliculitis from shaving and taking baths in a jaccuzzi bath tub. This is a very embarrassing situation for me and my itimate relationships. I have developed alot of kelloid scarring and I need to know if there some type of sugery or laser treatment to get rid of my condition forever. I've tried natural herbal remedies, antibiotics, soaps, and creams for the past 7 years and it has gotten worse. Help me!!!





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its rediculous this problem and so is the doctors treating it . first you have to find out the cause is it fungal or is it bacteria . it seem doctors just assume bacteria my own doctor does , but you need to test immediately to find out if it bacterial or fungal and treat in accordingly . if you have been treated as bacterial it can go away only to return this is a sign of fungal infection . when will doctors start listening to patients my doctor refuse my requests of tests to find my cause





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Hi, My son of 22 has been suffering from folliculitis on his scalp for about 3 yrs now. He is constantly being put on pills, soaps and hair shampoo which is not helping. Can he ask to be referred to a specialist as it is really getting him down. I have looked up herbal remedy and Neem leaves have come up as one solution (has any one tried that)??





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I have been suffering from this condition for a long time. I will not see a doctor, my home remedy is, get a flat piece of cotton, soak with hydrogen, then get Put baking soda on cotton, tape it on affected area this help to relieve inflammation an pain, overnight, in the morning pimple will come to a head, get pair of tweezers disinfected with peroxide pull hair in affected area, pimple will drain apply cotton swab cleaning affected area with peroxide on paper towel apply pressure to affected area be sure area is dry, put newsprint on band aid helping process happens within a few hours.

I have been suffering from this condition for a long time. I will not see a doctor, my home remedy is, get a flat piece of cotton, soak with hydrogen, then get Put baking soda on cotton, tape it on affected area this help to relieve inflammation an pain, overnight, in the morning pimple will come to a head, get pair of tweezers disinfected with peroxide pull hair in affected area, pimple will drain apply cotton swab cleaning affected area with peroxide on paper towel apply pressure to affected area be sure area is dry, put newsprint on band aid helping process happens within a few hours.


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