Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mild cases of folliculitis often respond well to home care. The following suggestions may help relieve discomfort, speed healing and prevent the infection from spreading:

  • Apply a warm, moist washcloth or compress to the affected area several times a day to relieve discomfort and help the area drain, if needed.
  • Try an oatmeal lotion or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help soothe itchy skin.
  • Gently wash the infected skin twice a day with antibacterial soap or apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment. Use a clean washcloth and towel to dry off each time you wash.
  • Avoid shaving irritated skin. If you must shave, use an electric razor rather than a blade and apply a soothing aftershave lotion when you're finished. Also, shave in the direction of hair growth rather than against it.
  • Don't share your towels or washcloths, and launder them in plenty of hot, soapy water after every use. Wash clothes that cover the affected areas after each wearing.
Oct. 06, 2011

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