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4 Ways to Treat Folliculitis

By Contributor ; Updated July 18, 2017

Obtain Antibiotic Solutions

You can use antibiotics to cure a bacterial folliculitis infection. Less-severe cases can be treated with a topical ointment such as bacitracin. Or your doctor may prescribe an antiseptic cleanser, such as povidoneiodine or chlorhexidine. For more severe infections, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic pill, such as cephalexin, ofloxacin or dicloxacillin. Some infections, pseudomonas folliculitis among them, may not require any antibiotic pills unless the infection worsens.

Treating a Fungus

Most fungal folliculitis infections, such as pityrosporum folliculitis, are treated with prescription medications. Your doctor probably will prescribe fluconazole or terbinafine. You can reduce inflammation of a fungal infection with ice packs or with a prescription corticosteroid.

Wash Out the Infection

If you have an infection on your head or scalp, your doctor will recommend a shampoo made from 50 percent propylene glycol or low percentages of selenium sulfide and selenium. Superficial infections may be killed with regular hand washing with antibacterial soaps. In general, doctors recommend washing your hands for 15 seconds or more and drying them completely to prevent wounds from infecting and to protect your body from illnesses.

Alternative Courses of Action

Some folliculitis infections can be so persistent that antibiotics stop working. Your doctor may recommend a laser treatment, which obliterates hair follicles to stop hair growth and scarring. UV-B phototherapy is an option if you suffer from eosinophilic pustular folliculitis, but this treatment can actually cause folliculitis if the technician puts coal tar on you before you enter the light box. If you have recurrent staphylococcus folliculitis, your doctor may recommend applying a mupirocin ointment in your nose regularly. Staph bacteria are present on everyone's skin, but the ointment can reduce the population and heal your wounds.

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