Folliculitis

  • Inflammation of a hair follicle
  • Symptoms may include redness, itching and pain around a hair follicle
  • Caused by infection or damage to hair follicle due to friction from shaving, excessive sweating or acne
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe, resolves with treatment
  • Not life threatening

  • Cover area with warm wet bandages 3 to 6 times a day for itching and pain
  • Use Burow’s solution (or similar), or white vinegar solution (1 Tbsp white vinegar with 300 mL water) to wet bandage
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing around that area

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

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