Folliculitis is a commonly occurring skin condition that is onsidered cosmetically displeasing. The main symptom of folliculitis is red or pink bumps that generally arise at the hair follicles. There are many treatment options available that manage this skin condition. However, the criteria for choosing a particular type of medical treatment for this condition depends upon the chief cause of folliculitis.
The top five treatment options that have been recognized for the use and management of folliculitis include the following:
- Over the Counter Antibacterials: These types of treatment option include antibacterial washes such as benzoyl peroxide and chlorohexidine. It has been found that when a combination therapy of antibacterial washes is used along with topical products, better results are achieved.
- Holistic Treatment for Folliculitis: This type of treatment option involves using very diluted bleach.
- Topical Antibiotics: These may be used for treating bacterial folliculitis. Some medical practitioners prefer to treat the condition by using topical antibiotics in conjunction with systemic antibiotics. Commonly used topical antibiotics in this category include clindamycin lotion and metronidazole lotion.
- Oral Antibiotics: These antibiotics include dicloxacillin, cephalexin, minocycline, levofloxacin, and amoxicillin. The use of levofloxacin is generally used for more resistant forms of folliculitis. Oral antibiotics are generally given to patients at the beginning of treatment followed by topical antibiotics or antibacterial washes.
- Lubrication and Moisturizing Lotions: One of the most important aspects of treating folliculitis is addressing the management of underlying dryness. Using moisturizer lotions can help manage excessive skin dryness. In specific circumstances, some of the practitioners may also recommend medium-potency steroidal creams with an emollient base. These are generally preferred when treating inflammatory folliculitis.
All medications should be taken following the advice and under the guidance of a medical practitioner.
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