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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