What are most effective ways to treat head and body folliculitis.

Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicle and the hair root sheath. Basically, all parts of your body that are occupied with hair may be affected by this disease. Usually folliculitis is infectious, with the responsible germ almost always being the bacillus Staphylococcus aureus.

The inflammation can be caused by various bacteria, such as staphylococci and streptococci, but also by yeasts such as Candida albicans. Typical symptoms of the disease are a swelling at the base of the follicle in which the hair is situated. As a rule, such a folliculitis is benign, where as recurrent infection can lead to chronic, deep folliculitis with complications. With such a deep folliculitis, the person with affected skin may feel a burning sensation and pain, causing him to rub and scratch the area. The treatment of superficial folliculitis involves careful hygiene where as chronic folliculitis (or deeper folliculitis) requires medication. The aim of these treatments is to destroy cause of the problem; destroy the bacteria or fungi responsible for the inflammatory condition.

The symptoms of folliculitis depend upon how far the infection has progressed. A superficial folliculitis inflammation will; show pustules and pimples in the affected areas, where the hairs emerge from the skin. Confusion with acne is not so rare. To distinguish, one considers the shape of the pickle. Folliculitis may be seen with a hair through it. In addition, the folliculitis usually appears in the lower neck or groin, which is not a common area for acne. Repeated itching in the groin is often a symptom of lesions around the genitals. The affected areas are red, not only because of inflammation, but because the sufferer is constantly touching, itching and scratching.

Treatment of inflammation of lighter folliculitis should be done with Pyrogenium, with five globules applied every morning and evening. After 2 days of treatment if the condition is still unchanged, then a doctor should be consulted. The homeopathic treatment of folliculitis in more pronounced areas such as under the nostrils should be down with hydrastis canadensis along with Pyrogenium Arsenicum.

The use of Sulfur Iodatum is prescribed in the treatment of superficial pimples caused by folliculitis. It is usually standard procedure to allow the rash a day or two to clear up first before you go to the doctors. Folliculitis is a harmless infection and with good hygienic cleansing of the affected areas, it is usually gone within 2-3 days. If the infection has not petered out into a few little bumps or a zit or two, it is time to visit the doctor who will correctly diagnose the problem and treat it accordingly. Do not bother the doctor if you know the cause of the folliculitis, such as an allergy or because you have a hot tub. On the other hand, if the condition is very painful then consider a visit before the 2-3 day period. If you yave other skin problems that may be aggravating or causing folliculitis then consult with your family doctor. You should also keep in mind that folliculitis may cause you to be drowsy, feverish or feel sickly up to 78 hours after it first appears.

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