Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Treating Folliculitis With Mesotherapy

The nickname for folliculitis is Barber’s Itch but it is actually quite a serious disorder that can lead to scarring of the scalp and permanent hair loss.  Many people have experienced it after shaving. More than an ingrown hair, folliculitis is an inflammation of the follicles that grow the hair.

A particularly bad case of Hot Tub Folliculitis.
One type of folliculitis is known as Hot Tub folliculitis because it is caused by a bacteria commonly found in hot tubs with too much chlorine in them.

Yet another type of folliculitis is called herpetic folliculitis and is caused by the spreading of the herpes virus.  Care is taken when treating this type of folliculitis as mesotherapy punctures could trigger an outbreak if the needling of the area is not one carefully.

Mesotherapy can help treat all three types of Folliculitis. Your patient will be injected with a mix of medicinal and nourishing factors to help calm the system and fight any infection.

Symptoms of Folliculitis

The signs and symptoms of folliculitis may vary, depending on the type of infection. In superficial forms of the disorder, small pimples develop around one or more hair follicles.

In a mild case of folliculitis the pimples may crust over and may be red and inflamed.  These may be itchy and tender to the touch.  In more severe cases that are known as deep folicullitis there may be large inflamed pustules and pain that is felt inside the scalp.  This is a serious condition as it could lead to baldness.

If what you have is hot tub folliculitis then your hair follicules may be covered with hard tiny pus filled blisters that are quite painful.

There is a specific type of folliculitis that only affects HIV positive people and it is called eosinophilic folliculitis.

Causes of Folliculitis 

The main cause of follicultis is irritation from shaving. Aside from the scalp it can sometimes occur on a beard. Sometimes women develop it underneath their arms.

You’re at greater risk of developing folliculitis if you have diabetes, a history of skin disorders or cuts and sores on your scalp.

If you have a herpes sore on your mouth and face you can develop herpetic folluculitis by accidentally breaking the sore with a razor blade and spreading it to the hair follicules on your face.

Deep folliculitis often develops in individuals who have been on long-term oral and topical medication for the treatment of acne. This causes gram negative bacteria to grow on the face and head and infect the hair follicules.

There is a specific type of folliculitis that only affects HIV positive people called eosinophilic folliculitis has no apparent cause.

Exposure to coal tar, pitch or creosote can also cause skin pores to become clogged and infected to the extent that full-blown folliculitis is developed.

A person is also more at risk for developing folliculitis if you are obese or live in a hot humid climate.

Care and Treatment

If your patient has Hot Tub folliculitis it will probably go away on its own after two or three days. It rarely requires treatment but sometimes a doctor will prescribe an anti-fungal ointment to help speed recovery.

If f the problem is the Barber’s itch form of folliculitis then tell your patient to stop shaving in the affected area for a couple of days.


If you see a doctor soon enough you can prevent a mild case of folliculitis from turning into a deep folliculitis which could cause permanent loss of hair. Most cases respond very well and immediately to treatment with ointments and oral medications.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Treating Lipomas With Mesotherapy

Lipomas are benign (not cancerous), slow-growing tumors that come from fat cells.  They are a fatty lump that forms between the skin and the muscle layer.  They often appear as distinct hard masses and they can grow to be several centimeters in size.

The traditional treatment for a lipoma is surgery or liposuction, but they can also be treated with mesotherapy. The mesotherapy treatment often contains a combination of hormones, enzymes, vasodilators and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that arae injected into the area.

Symptoms of Lipoma 

The fatty flat lumps called lipomas can be treated with mesotherapy.
They are usually round, moveable, flattened lumps under the skin. They feel soft and doughy or rubbery. Lipomas usually grow in the neck, shoulders, back, or arms.

Some people don’t feel the limpoma at all and others feel the flat pancake-like deposit as they would a bruise or a sore. For some it feels like a mild tenderness.

Lipomas are the most common no cancerous tumor in adults. They can occur at any age, but they often appear when you're between 40 and 60 years of age. Sometimes they run in families. Sometimes they are caused by an injury. Most lipomas do not hurt unless they are squeezed or bruised.

Usually a lipoma has been growing for years before you might notice it. It is fairly common to have more than one. If you notice a lump or swelling anywhere on your body.

Causes of Lipomas 

There is no particular cause for a lipoma. They just grown on their own over a long period of time. They may be the result of aging and they are also thought to be the result of hereidtary. 

Care and Treatment

As lipomas are almost always benign, they usually do not need treatment. However, many people opt to get them treated with mesotherapy to try and shrink and minimize the appearance and tenderness of it. If that does not work then liposuction or surgery is the next step.


The outlook for individuals who have lipomas is excellent because whether they non life threatening masses. Psychologically some people feel better if the mass is removed depending on where it is on the body. If mesotherapy succeeds, then they can be spared the discomfort of surgery.


For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.