Men and women can fall prey to folliculitis, an unsightly and irritating skin condition that can be exacerbated by shaving or the chafing of your clothes. For some people, this seemingly minor issue can bloom into a real problem, causing red and itchy pimples to erupt over large areas of your body. If you notice signs of this condition, you can take steps to improve and sometimes eliminate it.
This infection of the hair follicles can be caused by yeast, other fungi, and bacteria that penetrates hair follicles that have been damaged in some way, such as through shaving or wearing tight clothes. Makeup and other substances that clog the pores can also lead to this condition as can swimming in an improperly treated pool. If you suffer from a disease that suppresses your immune system, you may have to battle folliculitis as well. This condition appears as small pimples around your hair follicles that are sometimes full of pus and/or blood. You will often find these bumps on your legs, stomach, and buttocks. In fact, you can get folliculitis anywhere there is hair on your body. The bumps can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, especially if you are wearing revealing clothing.
Prevention and Treatment
Because there are so many types of folliculitis, prevention can be tricky. Some types are contagious, so you need to avoid using someone else's razor or having skin to skin contact with an infected person. Many cases do result from shaving, so you need to use a non-irritating skin removal method like an electric razor. Once you get folliculitis, the doctor may advise you to stop shaving until the condition goes away, a process that can take approximately three months. You may also be prescribed medication to help clear up the pustules. Sometimes, the condition will go away without medical intervention. Unfortunately, some people get more severe cases that need to be treated by a dermatologist. Fortunately, you are less likely to get this problem once you are out of young adulthood. Mature skin has its benefits.
Folliculitis may sound like a minor condition, but it can cause itchy, sore blemishes that are bright red and quite noticeable. If you have this condition, consider consulting with your dermatologist for help in controlling your outbreak and in preventing future ones. The condition takes a bit to clear up, but with some medical help, you can get rid of the annoying pimples.
For more information, contact a medical clinic in your area.