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Hair Follicle Infection

Hair follicle infection, also known as folliculitis, is an infection a hair follicle and the skin around it, forming boils. This kind of infection condition can be caused by different bacteria but often the culprit behind it is the staphylococcus aureus bacteria. It happens when a damaged follicle allows the bacteria to enter the tissue. The boils are typically found on the face, neck, armpit, buttocks, and thighs.

The boils often start pink and sore. At this stage, they are filled with clear liquid. But as the infection progresses, the boil will be filled with dead tissue and pus and they become more painful. Once it drains, pain will decrease and the boils will begin to heal. Even though sometimes they drain by themselves, in most cases, the sufferer will have to initiate the drainage.

Boils are mostly small, but they can even be as big as a golf ball sometimes. When they are fully infected they will be yellow or white in colour. This infection may typically accompany with symptoms like itching, fever or fatigue. In a psychological viewpoint, you may feel more self-conscious when these infections occur but remember that people rarely take the trouble of noticing such small things.

Usually, hair follicle infection heals on its own once the boils start draining. Make it a point to wash draining boils regularly so that the infection will not spread to other parts of the body. Also clean your hands thoroughly if they happen to come in contact with the infected area. Change bandages regularly if you are using them. Also, dispose used bandages in a trash bin after tying them up safely in a bag. Use topical anti-itch creams and antibacterial soaps to reduce the pain and itching. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe you an antibiotic in order to clear the infection.

Don’t forget that there are some natural treatments also for hair follicle infection such as herbal topical treatments and herbal supplements. These will be very helpful in reducing the pain and itching of a hair follicle infection. A natural disinfectant which has soothing properties is Calendula. Burning irritation caused by this infection can be reduced with witch hazel compresses. Another natural remedy is crushed garlic which is highly useful in controlling the itch in the affected areas. But some may find its pungent odor very difficult to tolerate. Apart from these, flax seed oil is also considered as a good supplement for skin health.



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