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Scalp Folliculitis Fix
Folliculitis is a follicle infection. Since the skin is a vast body organ and just like any other body part it is susceptible to disorders.
Folliculitis is one example and it refers to the infection of the pouches where hair grows from known as hair follicles. Follicle infection can appear on any part of the body where hair is present.
The common areas where the infections occur include the scalp, neck, face as well as areas where clothing rubs on to the skin such as the groin and thighs.
Often folliculitis develops because you have damaged your hair follicles. Shaving can be a culprit if you don't no how to shave properly.
The follicle can become blocked or irritated by substances like sweat, machine oils, or makeup. When the follicles are injured, they are more likely to become infected. Severe cases may cause permanent hair loss and scarring.
The infection is brought on by bacteria especially a particular variety known as staph or staphylococcus. The condition may also be caused by various types of fungus such as yeast. When it is caused by fungus, this is evidence that the infected person has a weak immune system thus cannot fight infections easily.
A Follicle infection usually develops as a result of damaged, irritated or blocked follicles. The main irritants of the skin are sweat, make up or machine oils. Sometimes a pre-existing condition of the skin such as acne or eczema may also damage follicles.
The area that is infected normally has reddish pimples surrounding particular hair pores. The pimples are likely to contain some amount of pus inside them and an itching or burning sensation may be felt.
There are several risks that increase the chances of an individual developing the infection. The use of hot tubs or swimming pools, which are not properly chlorinated, could be a risk.
The prolonged use of steroid creams or antibiotics also makes an individual prone to infection. Other risk factors for infection include wearing tight clothing, using irritant substances on the skin and having pre existing diseases like AIDS or diabetes, which lower immunity.
A thorough examination from a Dermatologist will be able to diagnose folliculitis. Other additional tests may be done to establish the underlying cause of the condition
This is done through examination of the fluid within the inflammations. This establishes whether it is bacteria that are causing the condition. If the infection is thought to be caused by a fungus, the dermatologist will have to take a sample for examination of tissue from the infected area.
In many cases, mild infection of the follicle heals without medication in approximately 2 weeks. In case the infection is persistent, an antifungal cream or antibiotic will be administered.
Some medicated shampoos may be used for head infections. If the infection is stubborn, a lengthy treatment will have to be administered.
An alternative and effective method is through laser hair removal, which permanently distorts the follicles, therefore restricting growth of hair, which cuts down on the chances of infection.
Prevention measures against it include daily baths or showers, nor sharing personal items, washing hands thoroughly and sufficient care for infected areas. Other measures include wearing loose fitting garments and showering after using public swimming pools or hot tubs.
A home treatment for mild folliculitis involves the application of a white vinegar solution to the affected area (one tablespoon of white vinegar and one and a quarter cups of water).
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