Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Remedies
- ACV and White Vinegar
- African Black Soap
- Antibacterial Soap, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric
- Antibiotics Connection
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric
- Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Calamine Lotion
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver, Sulphur Tablets
- Colloidal Silver, Witch Hazel
- General Feedback
- Honeysuckle Flowers
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- MMS, Neem Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Mustard Oil
- Over the Counter
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree and Lavender Oils
- Selsun Blue
- Shaving, Rubbing Alcohol, Antibacterial Soap
- Stop Shaving Arm Pits
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vitamin D
- White Vinegar
- Witch Hazel
[YEA] 12/17/2011: Milli from Seattle, Wa: "I tried almost everything on this site for a case of folliculitis on my rear and one lump that appeared on my neck. I have had this issue for at least 6 months.
ACV did not work, or only worked temporarily. Drinking it, putting it on the skin, both no gos.
Bacitracin worked, but only a little better than the ACV. I also tried Nigerian black soap (little change). Hibiclens also same results. Vitamins didn't change anything.
Dr. Weil's site mentions this as an immune system disorder which may be aided by probiotics. I looked into IHerb dot com to see which had the best reviews, and that was Dr. Ohira's line. I have had great success with these. They come in 2 strengths, I got the lower strength because of cost.
The folliculitis has been subsiding for the 3 days that I've taken these and is almost completely gone - in addition, I also feel much better, with tons more energy. I had a problem feeling tired after every meal (no matter if it was high or low carb, junk food or healthy, raw or cooked) - also felt tired upon arising - that problem is now gone."Replies
10/31/2012: Samuel from Vitebsk, Belarus replies: "I am a medical student, trying my best to come out one day and help people with solutions to diseases, but I have one problem too, I have been infected by folliculitis for the past 6 years on the scalp, mainly at the occipital region; they get inflammated very often, even after bedtime, I often find on my pillow, pinch of blood or pus! This has been very disturbing and discouraging in terms of my career. Indeed I need your help and advices urgently!"
08/24/2012: Silverss from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: "Hello I have had scalp folliculitis for over 5 years all the usual symptoms inflamed hair follicles with pus red skin and scarred spots. I've been on minomycin for a long time seems to keep the condition at a tolerable level but still not that good, condition is very embarrasing people always looking at the top of my head instead of my face lol, they think I've dyed my hair red until they get closer and see I've lost a bit of hair and scalp is mostly red. I'm sick of this condition as a guy its pretty emabrrasing I cant even imagine what it must be like for a female. I've tried most remedies some working for a few days then as usual it comes back even worse.
I've stopped using any kind of shampoo and now I use only GOAT SOAP which seems to settle it down between washes. I've come across this stuff called hemp seed oil which has seemed to be helping very much. I wish I could get my hands on some original rick simpsons hemp oil as im sure it could cure it completely.
I've also started using pawpaw ointment which seems to be helping also.
But right now im trying some sudocrem and going to see how this goes, its got zinc in it so they say it's good for healing skin and killing bacteria.
I'm going to try the rosemary soap and the turmeric next. I'm really sick and tired of this condtion sometimes I think the only cure to this curse is death."Replies
08/24/2012: Had from White River Jct, Vermont replies: "Extra Virgin Coconut oil is anti- everything as well. I use it in my homemade shampoo (small amount) and also, when melted, rub into scalp and then wash in 1/2 hour or so. It's relief using it. You may need to look deeper for the chrinic infection that is feeding this problem in order to cure it. It's a symptom of a larger issue. But reguardless, the EVCO does give relief on contact."
08/01/2012: Edward from Savannah, Ga: "I have had a chronic case of scalp folliculitis for over 3 years now coming and going, mostly coming, necessating several long. Over 4 month courses of Bactrim that simply keeps it at bay. The second I come off the Bactrim within 3 dys I have pimple like lesions all over my scalp and the dermatologist and infectious disease doctor don't know why it keeps recurring. They have tried to culture it several times with no avail, and they swear it looks bacterial only, not fungal. I have tried ketoconazole shampoo, sleson blue, Bactrim , Benzyl peroxide spot solution, but they are persistent. And the best Bactrim can do is rid most of the hot red bumps but there are small scabs left over that seem to reactivate the second I get off Bactrim. I have never tried vineger. Will this burn down layers of my scalp and help heal my folliculitis?? I appreciate any feedback. Topical colloidal silver seems interesting as well, any experience with this?"
09/24/2011: Ab from Hawally, Kuwait: "Hi , I get this folliculitis burst every time I get my face thread as I have loads of facial hair. This folliculits ends up as scars on my face, giving my face more darkened appearence, how to get rid of this folliculitis?"Replies
07/28/2012: Informer from Paterson, New Jersey replies: "Try using Grape Fruit oil. Also wash your hair every night."
09/06/2012: Absa from Salmiya replies: "thank you :) will try it out."
09/08/2011: Tonya from Columbus, Oh: "I have had severe folliculitis since my gallbladder surgery in 2003. It is all over my abdomen, upper legs and now has shown up on my breasts. The pustules are red, sore and full of puss. I have been on antibiodics, special cleansers, diet, etc... NOTHING is working. The oral medications work, but only as long as I'm taking them. The miniute the medicine is over, it comes right back. What now? Anyone have any suggestions?"Replies
07/30/2012: Santana from London, Uk replies: "You people are amazing! I love you all, and if anyone wants to know why the internet is awesome, then this thread alone is why.
Ok so i'm gonna keep this short and sweet like a sweet pair of shorts! .... ehem...
My issue is on my scalp and started when I lost my job last year so it was possibly triggered by stress, it came it went, it calmed down, it flared up and during these times I would over analyse my actions/consumptions. Anyway its always been there its just a case of how bad but recently it came back and with a vengence!
I read this thread yesterday and the 2 things that seemed to work for a lot of people were the Apple Cider Vinegar (Â£1.45 from waitrose for all my UK peoples) and Tumeric which I already have. Yesterday I came home from work had a bath and used the vinegar on my head, left it on for 10 mins and washed it off with normal shampoo. I also drank the Tumeric and used a clean T-shirt as my pillow case.
THIS MORNING THEY HAVE ALL GONE! My scalp is sooooooo itchy but theres no spots!!!! So im thinking of adding a T-GEL style shampoo to the mix to fix that side because I also have dandruff (i know im a catch right) and I will keep you all updated :)
Lastly I want to tell you the drink I made as I dont like Tumeric in water, I heated up half a cup of milk in the microwave, added a few cassia/cinnomon bark, a teaspoon of Tumeric and a teaspoon of Manuka honey, try it!"
08/14/2012: Gus from Amman, Jordan replies: "Hey I have the exact same problem with recurring scalp folliculitis, im 22 yr old male. It is hideous, although I came across Turmeric which has been magical in keeping things under control to a certaing extent, but I still want to get rid of those damn pimples. I was wondering whether the apple cidar vinegar worked for you and whether you think T-gel is worth trying or is it a waste of effort? Thanks and best of luck."
Sea Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree and Lavender Oils
[YEA] 03/16/2008: Kerri from Kingston, Canada: "Ah...the joy of folliculitis. I have had it so have some of the kids. The most painful is when it is on the bottom. It is like sitting on little shards of glass, even in the bathtub!!! I have had it ever since I could remember. I was an undiagnosed food allergy & contact allergy kid. Didn't get properly diagnosed till an adult. I also have chronic candidiasis (diagnosed around 11 years ago) and based on past history probably had it from the time I was an infant. So the folliculitis, for me, could have also been related to allergies &/or yeast. Then add to that my reactions to fabrics (aka my underwear!) and I am also VERY prone to strep. I was hospitalized & could have died from a serious cellulitis which was most likely strep related. The Dr. prescribed an prescription product for strep & staph & it did work, but I didn't really like using it....Ah Fucidin is what it was called, I think.
The last bout of folliculitis I did research on natural remedies and this is what we settled on. First we made a warm water solution of Himalayan sea salt (I am sure any sea salt should do) and wiped that over & beyond the area with the folliculitis. Then when it was dry we wiped over the area & beyond with apple cider vinegar. Finally dd put on tea tree oil & lavender oil (neat). She had it on her chest & face. We also get it on our bottoms & the tops of our upper thighs, chest & face. My original infection was probably folliculitis & then turned into the cellulitis. I had even been to the Dr. about it. Went into ER & they gave me meds, but I was getting worse (face & neck looked like I weighed 400lbs & I only really weigh 112lbs) finally they admitted me into a private room as they thought I might have a flesh eating disease or some other rare & contagious disease. For a little while they thought I had some rare form of lymph-node cancer. I was told to have my family &/or visit me (aka my parents, in-laws, etc.) in case I didn't survive. It was pretty scary & occurred when the twins were 18 months old!!
Oh...not trying to scare you!! I had folliculitis TONS of times before & since & that hasn't happened again. My immune system was way down, I was doing way too much & not sleeping enough or taking good enough care of myself. I think my body decided to give me a reality check & that is how my body sent the message!
My daughter (13) had it clear up well, but then new spots would crop up where she wasn't using anything so we basically had her do all of her face & all of her chest. It cleared up, but she had waited a couple of days to tell me thinking they were just "zits". She did get another "crop" of them, but put the above stuff on right away & they cleared up much more quickly & didn't spread. The other thing is to be aware that the bacteria that infected the hair follicles can also be spread onto the bath towel!! So you may want to wash & dry them after each bath. Also they can be spread by touching them, the bacteria then ends up on another part of the body.
Stress definitely is a contributing factor as well.
I did have dd take Vitamin C and get to bed early, etc. to boost her immune system.
So far it hasn't come back!!
Here is a web-site that lists the fucidin (I did have the right name!!)
This is cool. It mentions the complication of cellulitis. When I did research after my cellulitis, I didn't find much info. But that was 6 years ago & there is a LOT more info on the net now!!
[YEA] 07/03/2008: Thalia from Detroit, Michigan: "WOW! I has folliculitis on my thighs and on the sides of my calfs which is like hair bumps. I used the selsun blue on it and WALA! not completely gone but what an improvement. Its great stuff. And it also works for tinea versicolor overtime. I have already noticed a difference on my arms. I just hope I don't turn blue!! LOL"Replies
10/11/2011: Mark from Albuquerque, New Mexico replies: "So how long did it take to work? I took the medication for this condition for 10 days, used antibactierial soap and nada. It's in my abdominal area and of course ahem, lower area. I would imagine this irritating it? Perhaps worth a shot?"
Shaving, Rubbing Alcohol, Antibacterial Soap
[YEA] 05/23/2011: George from New York City, Ny: "I was prescribed medication (antibiotics and lotions) for my scalp foliculitis and they had the same effects described here: they would clear up the acne, but afterwards with time, they would lose their effect and the acne with come back worse than ever.
And so, one day I tried shaving my head. This is what works for me. I read though some reviews where shaving was not recommended. However this is what I do: I shave my head before taking a shower every day. Immediately after shaving, I apply alcohol with a cotton ball on the area affected. Then I take the shower and wash my scalp with antibacterial soap and afterwards with acid salicylic shampoo for acne.
As a small note, when you apply rubbing alcohol to your scalp after shaving, it really hurts because it's an infection after all, but you get relief for a day, and so it's well worth it.
Rubbing alchool is a sure way to kill the bacteria. Try it after you shave."Replies
05/29/2012: Shamilben from New York City, Ny replies: "@ George from New York City....Hello there I hope you are having a good progress treating your folliculitis infection on your scalp. I am suffering the same fate as you and I am also from NYC. I was just wondering were you able to find a good dermatologist doctor or treatment that proven to help your situation. I am so discourage lately with doctors some just care how to make a quick buck on you and some just don't know what to do. It affects my everyday lifestyle, self-esteem and etc; you probable can relate to that to some degree. I hope you can share something with me that helped your situation. I hope all of us find some kind treatment that really works. Its weird people don't mention Stress as one of the major factors that might cause folliculitis. I hope you do reply. Thank you very much"
Stop Shaving Arm Pits
[YEA] 01/11/2008: Jill from Punxsutawney, PA: "Quiting shaving cured my underarm folliculitis. I used to get terrible folliculitis when ever I would shave my underarms. Nothing helped. Then one day I asked myself why was I shaving? It's just a social convention, not a law, that women should have hairless underarms! So right then and there I stopped shaving. I haven't had a problem since. The next thing I did was to stop using deodorant or antiperspirant. Deodorants and antiperspirants work by suppressing the growth of underarm bacteria. When you stop using the products, you will get a "bloom" of bacteria as your body works to get back into balance. Just keep washing your underarms with soap and water as you normally would (every day), and in about 2 weeks you will have no more underarm odor because you have gotten back into balance. I know most people probably won't try what I am suggesting about not using deodorant, but it truely does work. The more we work to kill our normal body flora, the more they adapt to the poisons we use and the more virulent they become. After all they are fighting for their survival! Maybe its time for a little peaceful co-existance?"Replies
05/08/2009: Jodi from Rochester, NY replies: "Yes! i had the same problem with the underarm folliculitis but also on my legs as well. It was aweful! I stopped shaving and havent looked back. My legs are super soft and my arm pits couldnt be happier. My fiance doesnt mind.. he even gave up the deodorant with me, though I've since switched to a natural one by ___ -its a special detox one to remove chemical residue from old traditional sticks. More women should stop abusing their bodies in the name of "beauty". Natural is Gorgeous!"
[YEA] 06/02/2010: Dottywine from Rowlett, Tx, United States replies: "Absolutely agree. Ever since I stopped shaving my armpits, I have not gotten any more bumps on my underarm (I also stopped using aluminum deodorant). I think it is a combination of what I did because every now and then I will shave and get a little bump, but not as terrible as they used to be. But, yes, the first step is to stop shaving. Instead, use an elipator or a cream or wax off hair."
09/20/2011: Mrs. Dash from Toronto, Canada replies: "Or you could just get laser hair removal. No hair = no folliculitis. I used to get really bad folliculitis/ boils from shaving my bikini line, so I just lasered it off. Now I don't have problems there. Lately, my skin has been really broken out on my inner thigh where I didn't get laser yet. I guess it is rubbing on my shorts and stuff. I'm just going to laser it too. Folliculitis is just so ugly and uncomfortable that it's worth the price to me. Plus - it makes your skin smooth and pretty and you don't have to shave any more."
Tea Tree Oil
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 10/13/2008: Emie from Baltimore, MD: "My 18 month old has been battling folliculitis for a month now. She's been treated with a topical and oral antibiotic with little success. I went to 2 different doctors and neither one tested her for MRSA because they said her pustules were not 'bad enough'. So I went to an herbalist who told me to give her Oil of Oregano but she refuses to ingest it (it's very strong and tastes horrible) so I use it topically mixed with olive oil. I use a tea tree mixture to clean the rash which seems to help but it keeps coming back. Anyone have any suggestions for herbal treatments that she might be able to tolerate? I'm going to try tumeric but I doubt I'll be able to get her to eat it even mixed with something."Replies
10/16/2008: Dr David Boersma from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia replies: "Remedy tried - homoepathic remedy Calc Carb and Mezereum
Calc carb for children, cool, slightlt overweight, tend to get sweaty heads, feet, quite large for their age.
Use mezerem as well if there is itch and the Calc carb has not cleared on own.
Occasionally can use a mixture of homoepathic Silicea and Gunpowder to clear the skin.
Generally use low potency, 6 or 12c, but can go up to 30c, treat 1 pillule or 2 drops 3x daily."
01/25/2013: Rahel from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: "I have folliculitis on the Scalp; it has left a huge scar on my Scalp. I believe I got folliculitis after I use Olive Oil to nourish my scalp. My friend also Olive Oil to nourish her scalp got folliculitis. If I use hair oil or shampoo with Olive oil element, the red patches will immediately reemerge. So watch out, Olive oil could be one of the causes of Folliculitis on the Scalp."
07/20/2012: Melody from Wadsworth, Oh: "Hey Everyone! Thanks for your suggestions for the Folliculitus infection.
I would like to know if any one has been brushing their teeth with Crest Complete Multi-Benefit toothpaste!
I used it for a week and my lips became real dry and cracked and I got sores on my lips. I tried it because my daughter used it for 3 months and now has contracted the folliculitus. I believe the toxic toothpaste cause the folliculitus.
Toxins can come from putting poor quality toothpaste and other toxins in our bodies. I recommend only buying toothpaste that are ADA approved and eating a healthy diet and use vitamins. My daughter will try the vinegar and peroxide.
Many blessings to all. Melody"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/11/2010: Jb from San Diego, California Usa: "Looks like my folliculitis was caused by an allergy to PPD, an ingredient found in every permanent hair dye in the US (and banned in Europe!)I had an itchy rash, boils and swelling on my hairline and scalp for months. The first dermatologist I consulted diagnosed folliculitis and put me on minocin for 10 days. When i didn't help, he suggested I stay on it for 10-12 weeks. No thanks! He also gave me an antifungal shampoo which did not help. The second dermatologist also thought it was folliculitis and was going to do a biopsy, but when I mentioned that I had colored my hair a few days before and it seemed to make it worse, she suggested a True Test allergy patch test. We found that I am extremely allergic to PPD and a few chemicals related to it. I have not used PPD since for about six weeks and my skin is much better--knock on wood. I have my fingers crossed that PPD was the problem. It's nasty stuff--a petroleum derivative that may be carcinogenic as well. Now I just need something to color my gray roots!"
EC: Hi Jb:
You might find some interesting info in this thread - see post by Darwin: http://askville.amazon.com/Hypo-Allergenic-Hair-Dye/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=4567215
Turmeric Folk Cure for Folliculitis
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Turmeric - 1 Teaspoon
Adding one teaspoon of turmeric to your daily diet can cure and prevent folliculitis. While it is good in many foods, you can also add the teaspoonful to a glass of milk or water. Turmeric supplements are also available in pill form.
03/24/2011: Jose from Pacoima, California: "I have been dealing with folliculitus for over 5 years. It all started when I started riding motorcycles. The first episodes were very bad, I would have breakouts that looked like I burned my scalp. I applied cortizone cream and that would help with the pain and irritation. This would only help for a day or two, I then decided to visit my doctor and he would perscribe an oral anti-biotic. This would take care of the folliculitus right away. A month after I finished my perscription the symptoms would return and back I would go. Since I am recently unemployed, I dont have insurance to pay for doctor visits or medication. So, I am thankful I have found this website. I want to try the Turmeric in tablet form. Another thing I think I should add; is that both my brothers have also developed folliculitus at the same time. We are all overweight and this has me thinking if this could be a mitigating factor. Also, having your PH balance out of balance could be a cause. So, I am going to try the tumeric tablets and start a diet plan.
The only question I have is, I want to start exercising, but is sweating going to aggravate the condition?
Thank you for your time and advise."Replies
[YEA] 06/03/2011: Thirtysomthing from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "My History: I have had scalp folliculitis for the last couple of years. It begain as just one pimple on my scalp near my hairline near ear. Then it progressed to spreading to the back of the head and then to the sides of the head. At first I would get one every month or so. I went to the dermatologist and was told I had scalp folliculitis and put on minocycline for one month. This cleared up the folliculitis right away. Also told to use salicyclic acid shampoo. But about one week after I stopped taking the antibiotic it came back except worse. Now I would get the pimples more often and they were bigger and more painful. So painful infact that I had to stop wearing hats. And I always have to be mindful when laying down due to the pain by resting your head on one of these tender areas.
Back to the derms office and now I was given the another round of antibiotics, Dicloxicillin. This also cleared up the folliculitis, but as before the folliculitis came back worse about 2 weeks after being off antibiotics. Now I was getting 2-5 pimples/boils a day. Determined to get back to the days when I had a healthy scalp I found this website and decided to try the remedies here. I didn't know what worked so I tried everything.
First I tried soaking my scalp in dilute vinegar solution. This helped relieve the itching but I still got the pimples. The vinegar does not smell very good, unless you love the smell of vinegar potato chips. And it burns if it gets into your eyes. Difficult to keep in place on your scalp.
Then I tried the following: Tea Tree oil after blow drying my hair dry after showers. Usually I don't ever touch the blow dryer as I normally wear my hair short and just let it air dry. My understanding wife helps me apply the tea tree oil. As it is almost impossible to see the back of your head from a mirror. I also began using neosporin on the active pimple/boils. In addition I took turmeric shots everyday (a tablespoon of tumeric in a little bit of water). Eventually I switched to the tumeric pills, they are much better. I changed my pillow case nightly. Actually I use clean t-shirts as pillow cases. I have more t-shirts then I have pillow cases.
It has been 2 and half weeks and the result is quite amazing. The folliculitis is nearly gone. I have been getting less pimples. This week I didn't have one. It feels like I am on antibiotics but I am not. Also I am not getting the nausea or having to stay out of the sunlight like while on antibiotics. My wife says that my scalp looks less red and she sees no more pimples. It looks and feels like its healing.
Thanks for everyone sharing their experiences. I am the happiest man. Now I will just keep it up and keep my fingers crossed. Hopefully this is behind me. "
[YEA] 06/07/2011: Thirtysomething from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Update on previous posting: In my last posting I forgot to mention that I also have been using non-comedogenic antibacterial soap instead of regular shampoo and conditioner. This is a mild soap that does not seem to dry out my scalp as much as the acidic shampoo the derm. gave me. Either way my scalp is still feeling great. Folliculitis is pretty much gone. I am cautiously optimistic about it not returning (fingers crossed and knocking on wood). Hopefully this will help someone else in cyberland."
[YEA] 09/05/2011: Jack A. from Houston, Texas replies: "Turmeric works great, it took awhile for it to work, but did the Trick. I have had scalp folliculitis for about 8 years. It was the worse, I had scabs and painfull bumps on my head, that left scars. I often felt bad, but thankfully I found this website and gave Turmeric a try. I Have been using Turmeric capsules for about a month, with the spice. I put it in the water I drink my pill with, why not, But Today I am Glad to say My folliculitis is gone, not one sign of it. The antibiotics my doctor give me though the years, just made me feel worst. Also I have used Selsun Blue with 3% Salicylic Acid, It also helps. After suffering for so many years its good to feel normal.
Good Luck To all You who suffer from This
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/19/2011: Dan from Oakland, California, Usa replies: "I've had folliculitis for 7-8 years now, mainly in the groin area. It is maybe a bit more mild than some other cases I've read about here, but annoying nonetheless. A while back I went on antibiotics but it always recurred. Hardly a day has gone by without at least a pimple or two being present, and hardly a few days without one forming pus. I'd frankly resigned myself to living with it, but then I read this forum and decided to try vinegar. The vinegar didn't really help.
The turning point was a month ago when despite my skepticism, I decided to try turmeric capsules on a daily basis. Since then things have cleared up remarkably. It isn't completely gone, but I think reduced at least 75%."
01/07/2012: Michael from Minneapolis, Minnesota replies: "Thirtysomething, What's the name of the non-comedogenic antibacterial soap you use? How is your condition holding up these days? Also, how often are you taking the turmeric capsules?
Thanks for your reply."
[YEA] 02/02/2012: Littlelebowskiurbanachiever from Central Va, Virginia replies: "My folliculitis appeared about 2 months ago on my stomach and eventually moved down to my inner thighs. While it is a relatively mild case compared to some cases I have read about on here, it is still extremely itchy, distracting, and sometimes painful.
I drank two mugs of water with about a spoonful of turmeric powder in each as well as soaked a cloth in organic apple cider vinegar and turmeric which I left on my thighs overnight. Last night was the first night in which I tried these remedies, and I am already seeing very noticable improvement even just this morning. I had discoloration on my hips that virtually has gone overnight, and the rash, while still a bit itchy, looks a whole lot better. I only have one zit-like bump, and that has become significantly less swollen. I have read/been told that turmeric can make your stomach upset. I have not felt any discomfort but I did drink it after I had already eaten something both times. Definitely would recommend trying this one out! Very amazed at the quick results, hopefully it continues to work as well."
[YEA] 01/23/2009: Oscar from Irving, TX: "I'm so happy because finaly you gave the solution for my folliculitis and YES IT WORKS Turmeric is the Solution. I've been living with this horrible desease since I was 21 and for more than 15 year I was struggling with this and now I feel so good and my life has changed forever. Thanks to Earth Clinic."Replies
03/23/2009: La Shonda from Florence, Italy replies: "I want to say firstly, that i am so happy to have stumbled across this website! i have been living with this diagnosed folliculitis for the last three years. and what started as a simple pimple in my pubic area has grown to painful pimples, boils, horrid itching/irritation, pain and scarring. i've been to doctor after doctor, general,gyno, er and dermotologist. i've tried anti-bs, topical ointments, warm compresses; all of which provided temporary or no relief at all. i was told not to scratch, as this makes the problem worse. this is the hardest advice to follow. so i figured, no scratching...fine, i'll squeeze. which alleviates the temptation to scratch. and it also forces the infected follicule out of the skin, which is, i know, a horrible thing to do, but gives me an immediated sense of relief. but this has led to scarring. i don't know what to do or where to go. it has not made the area very pleasing to look at. and the embarrassment of telling my boyfriend over and over again that i promise it's not a STD or contagious. I just want my normal area back. i've tried not shaving...i've even used scissors to cut the hair (at the advice of one of the doctors) instead. and i even tried letting my hair grow in fully. but i found that that caused more irritation to occur. when there is less hair, i'm great for a couple days. but when the hair begins to grow back....irritation city, here i come! the itching, the pain, the pus...it's all so fun to experience(enter sarcasm here).
I am anxiously awaiting to see if Tumeric works. I also wanted to know, does anybody think i'd be overdoing it, if i tried ACV and Tumeric at the same time. Or should i start with one and see the results first? I'm sooooo ready for this to be over!
Also, at about the same i developed Alopecia on my scalp. I wondered if these two things could be related, by any chance. Since it both has to do with my hair follicules and my body's response to it all. I am open to all advice and/or natural remedies! Thanks again.
03/23/2009: Kelly from Nashville, TN replies: "There is a product that is mostly sold in spas/salons in the US that is very effective against folliculitis. It was originally tested on men who had folliculitis barbae. The primary ingredients are acetylsalicylate (aspirin) and isoprophyl alcohol. It was very effective. You might want to do a google search for something like "products for ingrown hair" or "products to treat ingrown hair"."
08/11/2010: Cleveland_boy from Kelowna, British Columbia replies: "If anyone is looking to relieve an annoying itch I have the solution. When the itch is really intolerable, put it under hot HOT water from the sink tap or bath tub depending where infection area is, start with warm and gradually turn the tap hotter and hotter, the feeling is incredible. A million times better than actually relieving the itch by nail scratching, you actually get goose bumps from the relief. If this ''treatment'' is bad for the infection, someone please let me know, I'd rather be safe be than sorry."
08/12/2010: Elizabeth from Nashville, Tn replies: "I agree that the hot, HOT water treatment does relieve my eczema on my hands... I know it's probably not the best thing to do but it's the only thing that relieves that intolerable, unbearable itching. You do get goosebumps from the icredible relief you get from it too!! Ha! I thought I was the only one. I try to follow up with a fragrance free lotion or coconut oil to prevent over drying of the affected areas. It usually clears up on its own in a couple of weeks."
07/26/2012: Andrew from Overland Park, Ks, United States replies: "I'd be careful with the hot water "treatment. " I tried this and at first it seemed to work (and not at all to be lewd, but part of the reason it appealled to me was because of the incredible sensation... it's nearly orgasmic).
But on hindsight, at least w/ folliculitis, I think it's not a good idea. The bacteria does well in warm & moist environments...
NOW! ...if you did the hot water treatment, and then possibly did a treatment (acv, alcohol, tea tree oil, colloidal silver), you might have something...
Has anyone tried this?"