Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Q&A: Folliculitis

pimply rash
Q. I have these little pimple like bumps on my legs. What could they be?

 A. It looks like it could be folliculitis. We all have staphylococcus and other bacteria normally living on our skin causing no trouble at all. But, sometimes the hair follicles become infected causing small pimples that can hurt or itch.

An infection can occur from friction from clothing, an injury to the skin or from shaving, especially with a dirty razor. Most folliculitis outbreaks clear on their own in a few days. Here are some remedies to try. See your doctor if the infection does not clear or gets worse.

1. Wash with an anti-bacterial soap.
2. Apply a warm compress of 1/2white vinegar and 1/2 water twice a day.
3. Apply an antibiotic ointment.
4. Always use a new clean towel and wash cloth.
5. Use a clean razor blade when shaving.
6. Avoid shaving irritated skin.
7. Try waxing.

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