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Folliculitis



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What Is Folliculitis

Folliculitis is a common skin condition that is characterized by inflamed hair follicles.  The infection may look like small red bumps at first, but it typically advances to appear like white-headed pimples around the hair follicles.  If Folliculitis is ignored, it can spread and develop into nonhealing sores that appear crusty.  Folliculitis is not a life-threatening condition, but it is itchy, embarrassing, and can cause severe scarring or permanent hair loss. 

Signs Of Folliculitis

Folliculitis is identified by the red bumps that form around the hair follicles.  The common areas where the bumps occur are under the arms, on thighs, on the neck, or on the scalp.  If hair grows in the area, it is possible for those bumps to develop.  These bumps may also be accompanied by:

  • Soreness
  • Pus
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Crusty sores (if condition worsens)
What Causes Folliculitis

Health experts attribute the development of Folliculitis to bacterial or fungal infections.  The Staphylococcus aureus bacterial strain is the most common cause because the body an easily contract it, especially if you are near or in contact with an infected person.  That being said, it is possible for Folliculitis to develop if there is physical trauma to hair follicles, fungal infections, or viral infections.  Other causes are listed below. 

  • Contracting it from contaminated surfaces (towels, soap, or clothing used by an infected person)
  • Shaving
  • Not showering after excessive sweating
  • Weakened immune system
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Tight clothing
  • Using an unclean hot tub or swimming pool
  • Skin clogging substances (such as motor oil or tar)

Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies
  • Since Folliculitis is a bacterial infection, you need natural ingredients that work to fight bacteria and fungi.  Tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial properties, and it can be easily added to your favorite body wash or shampoo.  You can even make your own soaps with tea tree oil.  If you have recurring Folliculitis, it is best to incorporate tea tree oil into your soaps.  Before you go all in, do a small patch test on the skin because some people have an adverse reaction to tea tree oil.
  • Many cultures use witch hazel to help remedy a variety of hair and skin conditions.  People with Folliculitis may enjoy witch hazel because it soothes irritation while fighting bacteria and inflammation.  Apply witch hazel with a clean cotton ball to the affected area.  If you have Folliculitis on your scalp, mix several drops in your shampoo or conditioner. 
  • A hydrogen peroxide wash is an excellent natural remedy for people with Folliculitis.  Hydrogen peroxide is readily available at stores and pharmacies and it works to fight some bacteria and fungi that can cause the condition.  Dilute the hydrogen peroxide in sterile water, soak a cotton ball in the mixture, and dab the affected area.  Let the area dry and reapply as needed. 
  • Due to the powerful antifungal and antiseptic properties, neem oil may help rid the skin of certain bacterial or fungal infections.  Do not apply neem oil directly to the skin, though.  To help relieve Folliculitis, combine three drops of neem oil with one tablespoon of coconut or almond oil.  Apply this mixture to the affected areas to help get rid of the infection.  If possible, leave this on for six to eight hours before washing off. 
  • Studies show that aloe vera has the ability to reduce itching, redness, and swelling, three common symptoms that accompany Folliculitis sores.  Aloe vera helps to promote healing, so applying fresh aloe vera gel to the infected area may accelerate the recovery process.  Make sure that you use pure aloe vera and not gels that contain other chemicals. 
  • A new research study found that the combination of grapefruit seed oil and geranium oil helped fight staph infection and MRSA.  The study involved various essential oil and the intention was to monitor the antibacterial activity against three different strains of staph.  The Staphylococcus aureus is the primary cause of Folliculitis, so this is great news.  Mix equal parts geranium oil and grapefruit seed oil together, apply to the affected area, and cover with gauze overnight.  Do this until the infection is gone. 
Things you should eat
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Avocados
  • Chia Seeds
  • Leafy Greens (kale, spinach, chard, & collards)
  • Citrus Fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges)
  • Bell Peppers
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Thyme
  • Echinacea
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