Folliculitis is an infection of hair follicles on the body, usually caused by bacteria. Normally starting with an inflammation on the skin, there will also be evidence of ingrown hairs. The hair follicles that cause folliculitis are damaged by intense rubbing contact with clothing. Severe cases of folliculitis can cause scarring and even permanent hair loss. With a proper diagnosis for this condition, there are ways to treat folliculitis.
Determine if the ailment is folliculitis by visiting the doctor or checking the site for signs of folliculitis. Some of the signs include: rashes in areas that are hairy like the head, armpits and genitalia. Also areas that have swollen hair follicles or have tender (to the touch) hair follicles should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible to treat folliculitis.
Inspect the site on the body for a blockage in the follicle or residue left from soap or the effects of shaving. These too can also cause an inflammation of the hair follicles. In many instances of folliculitis, an over the counter medication may be sufficient to treat folliculitis.
Wash the area with a detergent-free soap and mild water. In many extreme cases, this skin condition may require a trip to a physician to treat folliculitis.
Wear only loose-fitting, breathable clothing around the site where the folliculitis is. This will allow the site to properly heal without additional bacteria getting into it. If the folliculitis is in the hair area, avoid covering the head with caps or using wigs or hair lotions that will cover up the hair follicles.
Drink plenty of water to keep the body flushed of bacteria. This helps rid the body of toxins that can contribute to this skin condition and that will also increase any medicinal side effects in medicine used to treat folliculitis.