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Folliculitis Treatment Overview

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Treating folliculitis

Folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles, can often be treated at home with acne cleansers and OTC medicated creams, and by changing your shaving habits. It may take 2–4 weeks to get better.

If your folliculitis is not starting to improve after 2 weeks, if it is spreading (you have a lot of new lesions or bumps every few days), or if some spots are very painful, you should see a healthcare provider. Also see a doctor if you get folliculitis after being in a hot tub. You might need antibiotics to treat your folliculitis.

Sometimes folliculitis is confused with chickenpox or shingles, so see your healthcare provider immediately if you are feeling sick (fevers, sweats, muscle aches) or if the rash is painful.

Go to the ER if you have any of these symptoms, which could be a sign of a more serious condition:

  • Fever and rash
  • Spreading redness around any of the folliculitis lesions
  • Severe pain
  • Body aches or chills
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