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How to Treat Infected Hair Follicles

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author image Jonae Fredericks
Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.
How to Treat Infected Hair Follicles
Shaving can cause folliculitis. Photo Credit David A Land/Digital Vision/Getty Images

The medical term for an infected hair follicle is folliculitis, which is often associated with shaving. According to MayoClinic.com, folliculitis develops when bacteria enters one or more hair follicles. Folliculitis first develops as a red bump around the hair follicle. If left untreated, the infection can worsen, causing inflammation, pain and weeping. Treating the infected hair follicles requires lifestyle changes and products to resolve the infection, reduce the inflammation and calm the skin.

Step 1

Wash your hands before treating the folliculitis. Use soap and warm water, drying your hands afterward with a clean towel.

Step 2

Squeeze a pea-sized amount of antibiotic ointment onto your clean fingertips. Massage the antibiotic ointment into the affected area. Repeat the process three times a day.

Step 3

Avoid shaving in the area that contains the infected hair follicles. Infected hair follicles often resolve within a week, so you will have to put off shaving during this time.

Step 4

Relieve pain and swelling with ibuprofen, if necessary. Follow the dosage instructions on the packaging label. According to Drugs.com, the maximum single dose for an adult is 800 mg, not to exceed more than 3,200 mg per day.

Step 5

Visit your physician's office if the folliculitis does not show signs of improvement within a week or if it becomes a chronic condition. Severe pain, swelling and discoloration of the skin are all signs of an infection that may need additional treatment with oral antibiotics or prescription antiseptics.

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