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Treating hair follicle inflammation

The inflammation of the hair follicles is an infection of the hair follicle caused by bacteria, and some types of yeasts or fungi, and it can affect any part of the human body that the hair covers and is present in it, but it often occurs in the area of ​​the beard, arms, back, legs and others, and There are many factors that may cause inflammation of the hair follicles, such as damage to hair follicles, shaving, or wearing clothes that may cause friction with the skin, which leads to irritation of the follicle, or sweat, machine oils, or even the use of make-up and cosmetics .

Symptoms of hair follicle inflammation:
A person with folliculitis suffers from simple, soft swellings surrounding the hair, in which a small amount is in the form of a drop of pus or pus, and the hair follicles that were previously exposed to infection may appear in the form of red bumps surrounding the bulb opening without the presence of hair in it, and it is considered a problem of love Young adults, which many teenagers suffer from from types of hair follicle inflammation In general, there are two types of hair follicle inflammation.

Superficial Folliculitis:
Its conditions are most often mild and mild, self-treating, and of little significance. Its symptoms appear in the form of blisters with a red base, which are centered on a hair, and sometimes this hair may not be visible.

Deep folliculitis:
It appears as knots on the skin and is red and painful, and may be filled with abscess and pus. Its persistence or recurrence may cause scarring in its place or permanent hair loss, and several follicles that have been inflamed may unite in the form of a single lump containing a purulent substance and an abscess, which is then called a boil.

Treating hair follicle inflammation
 Mild folliculitis may go away without the need for any treatment, but some tips can be followed to help the patient himself recover, namely:
 Clean the affected area:
The area should be washed twice a day with warm water and antibacterial soap, and make sure to use a new cloth and towel each time, and use salt, by mixing two tablespoons of salt with a cup of warm water, then immersing a piece of cloth in the liquid and placing it on the skin. Try white vinegar as well.

 Application of ointments, gels and creams:
Over-the-counter topical antibiotics that are applied to the skin are used, and if the patient suffers from itching, try an oatmeal lotion or hydrocortisone cream, and avoiding shaving, scratching and wearing tight clothes on the affected area helps relieve the itching associated with the inflammation, and if not Self-care treatments are successful, and your doctor may prescribe: antibiotic cream if folliculitis is caused by bacteria, birth control pills for very severe cases only, anti-fungal creams, shampoo, or anti-fungal pills if they are caused by fungi and steroid creams; To help reduce swelling.

Medical procedures:
It is like: performing a simple surgery in some cases where boils are present; Where the doctor makes a small incision in the boil to remove the pus from it, which leads to less pain, speeds up the healing process, and reduces the possibility of leaving scars and marks in its place, it is also possible to use phototherapy, with some types of topical creams in cases of inflammation of the hair follicles that have not responded For other treatments, laser hair removal treatment is also used if the condition does not respond to other treatments. The use of laser permanently reduces hair density in the desired area, but this technique is very expensive, and it requires several treatment sessions, and it may cause scars, ulcers, or a change in the color of the skin.

Prevention of hair follicle infection:
  • Where it is possible to prevent the occurrence of inflammation in the hair follicles by taking some measures and procedures such as making sure to shower after heavy sweating, not sharing personal care tools with others such as razors or towels, taking care to shave hair in the direction of hair growth, using electronic razors, and avoiding the use of Narrow clothing and tough fabrics, as well as the use of creams and lotions that do not clog the pores of the skin.
  •  It is possible to prevent complications from the infection of the hair follicles in the affected person by avoiding friction resulting from shaving, and avoiding rubbing the affected area. Wash the towels daily until all symptoms have completely gone.