Folliculitis


Overview

Folliculitis is a common skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed and infected. The condition isn't life-threatening however, severe infections can cause permanent hair loss and scarring. It typically occurs in areas of irritation, such as sites of shaving, skin friction or rubbing from clothes.

Symptoms

  • Clusters of small red bumps or white-headed pimples that develop around hair follicles.
  • Pus-filled blisters that break open and crust over.
  • Itchy, burning skin.
  • Painful, tender skin.
  • A large swollen bump or mass.

Secondary - Skin infection, scarring, darkening 

Causes

Folliculitis is generally caused by a bacterial infection, commonly Staphylococcus aureus, or staph. However, fungal infections, viruses, and physical trauma to the follicle can all contribute to folliculitis.

Folliculitis is linked to:

  • Diabetes
  • Suppressed immune system due to HIV, organ transplantation, or cancer
  • An underlying skin condition, such as eczema, acne, or another dermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Frequent shaving
  • Pressure (prolonged sitting on the buttocks)

Also link to food and lifestyle changes like:

  1. Incompatible food like having milk and fruits together.
  2. Excessive intake of food materials like:
    • Curd
    • Pickles
    • Brinjal
    • Ladies finger
    • Spicy food
    • Urad dal
    • Bakery items
    • Navadhanya (freshly harvested grains) 
    • Dairy products
  3. Suppression of vomiting urge
  4. Remain awake during night
  5. Stress

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  • Treating inflammation of the skin .
  • Prevent recurrence by healing and repairing the tissue.
  • Regular intake of supplements can help in long term relief and rejuvenating the whole body.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol:

  • Painful burning skin clusters of small red bumps or white-headed pimples around hair follicles, Pus-filled blisters, swollen bumps - Infection in the hair follicle produce all these inflammatory changes. Managing this with  Gandhaka Rasayana, Vidanga, Manjistha, Sariva, Khadira,Yasthimadhu, Abhraka, Sootshekar will treat the infection and heal the tissue. It also normalises the pitta level in the body.
  • Darkening and Secondary infections - When the infection progresses it will lead to secondary infection, loss of skin pigment or discolouration. Kaishora guggulu, Arogyavardhini vati  which have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action will treat the infection and also rejuvenate the skin texture.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbomineral preparations)

Other Therapies - Virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood), Blood letting therapy.

Herbs

Gandhaka Rasayana, Vidanga, Manjistha, Sariva, Khadira,Yasthimadhu, Abhraka, Sootshekar, Kaishora guggulu, Arogyavardhini vati


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