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Remedies for folliculitis

Folliculitis is a condition where the hair follicles becomes inflamed. It is generally brought about by a fungal or bacterial infection. Initially, the area will develop small red-colored lumps or white pimples on the hair follicles.

The infection will spread to other areas and becomes non-healing and crusty sores. Sometimes the condition can result to permanent loss of hair and scaring.

Causes of folliculitis

  • Fungus
  • Blockages caused by skin products such as oils and moisturizers
  • Removal of hair such as waxing, shaving and plucking
  • Ingrown hairs

    Clusters of tiny red bumps or white-headed pimples around the follicles of hair

  • Medications such as corticosteroids that are used to lessen inflammation
  • Other kinds of bacteria that can be found in hot tub
  • Sticky bandages
  • Tight clothing


  • Itchiness, burning sensations
  • Clusters of tiny red bumps or white-headed pimples around the follicles of hair
  • Blisters filled with pus that burst and crust over
  • Painful and tender skin
  • A large swelling bump or mass


  • Wash the affected area using warm water and antibacterial soap. Use fresh cloth and towel every time when cleaning the area. Avoid scrubbing the affected area to prevent further irritation and worsen the condition. If folliculitis is on the face, use antibacterial soap for the face.
  • Apply salt-water compress on the area. Put a spoonful of table salt in a cup filled with warm water. Soak a cotton ball or washcloth in the solution and then apply it directly on the area to lessen the irritation, fast drainage and for fast healing of the condition. Apply the salt-water compress at least once in the morning and once at night.
  • Use the prescribed over-the-counter antibiotics that can be applied on the skin to lessen the itchiness. Another alternative is using oatmeal lotion or 1% hydrocortisone cream is good for the condition. Apply hydrocortisone cream at least 2-5 times every day to lessen the pain, the inflammation and eliminates bacteria in the wound.
  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and aspirin to lessen the pain and the inflammation. Avoid giving aspirin to teenagers to prevent the risk of developing Reye’s syndrome which is a dangerous condition.

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