If you see red pimples on your skin where your beard is and they hurt, you may have an inflammation known as folliculitis. Every single hair on your body grows out of a follicle, which is a small pouch. If you have folliculitis, you will see one hair coming out of the middle of each pimple. Below is some more information about folliculitis so you can get the help you need.
Causes and Symptoms of Folliculitis
A fungus, yeast, or bacteria can cause folliculitis. You can also do things to cause this problem, such as damage your hair follicles while you are shaving. If you wear clothes that rub against your skin it can irritate the hair follicles.
There should be puss on each pimple and the pimples may burn or itch. Over time, the pimples will break open, and once this happens you may see blood and/or pus drain out of the pimples. They will then start hurting and/or itching even more.
After having this problem for a few days, you could develop a low-grade fever and you may feel nauseous. In some cases, this inflammation will go away on its own in a few days but in others it will not. If you have had this problem for longer than approximately two weeks, then you should see your doctor for treatment.
Visit a Doctor
Make an appointment with your family doctor, who can diagnose the folliculitis by doing some tests on you. These tests will show the doctor what is causing you to have this problem, such as if it is bacteria or a fungus. The doctor will take a sample of the fluid coming out of one of the pimples to do the test.
If the doctor finds that you do have folliculitis, they may tell you to put a warm compress on your beard to help with itching and pain. The doctor may also prescribe medicated shampoo to you to wash your beard with for a certain amount of time. If the problem does not go away or becomes worse, the doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic to you to treat the infection.
Ask your doctor how you can prevent this problem from coming back again in the future. For example, you could be damaging your hair follicles by the way you shave. Once the folliculitis is gone, keep an eye on your beard area for any re occurrence of the pimples so you can get treatment quickly.
For more information about folliculitis contact a provider like Snow Creek Medical Center.
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