Problem with body hair and hair follicles

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    Jul 26, 2009 8:47 AM GMT
    I've been having trouble with my body hair for years now. I was diagnosed with folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles) and have used both topical and oral medication.
    The problem is, while the medicine works to alleviate the symptom, the affected body hair would eventually fall off, leaving a tiny brownish scar on my skin. At first, I did not mind, but this is starting to leave little hairless patches on my thighs. And some part of my body hair seems to have stopped growing, with a reddish ring on my skin around the root of the hair.
    I know it is not a serious condition, but having occasional flare-ups is annoying enough. So far, my dermi has provided me with nothing to stop the hair loss. And I am beginning to think that the medication he gives me does nothing but cures the inflammation.
    I have seen guys with soft and fluffy hair on their legs; but mine is never able to grow longer than an inch or so and is always quite hard in texture. When I do sports, I can literally feel the discomfort it causes when the hair on my legs rubs against my pants. I have avoided jeans and tight pants, but my hair is still trouble even when I wear slacks larger than my usual size.
    Does anyone have similar body hair trouble? And what do you do about it?
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    Jul 26, 2009 12:26 PM GMT
    I've had the same problem for years...I use Bactroban cream (mupirocin calcium cream 2%) for the inflammation and Ambi fade cream for the scars that are left from the inflammation. The Bactroban cream was prescribed by my doctor, bought the Ambi fade cream from drugstore.com.
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    Jul 26, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    Also, things like this often recur because of the environment - that means personal hygiene and the things you wear, sleep in, bathe in. Clothes, sheets, towels, etc.

    Has the doctor identified what kind of folliculitis you have? Is it bacterial for example or fungal?
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    Jul 26, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    You may want a second opinion from another dermatologist. The underlying source of the folliculitis, which is a non-specific term as to cause, may not be adequately being addressed. Or perhaps what you have cannot be cured, only helped symptomatically, but you should be told that.

    Get a qualified second opinion.
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    Jul 26, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidYou may want a second opinion from another dermatologist. The underlying source of the folliculitis, which is a non-specific term as to cause, may not be adequately being addressed. Or perhaps what you have cannot be cured, only helped symptomatically, but you should be told that.

    Get a qualified second opinion.


    You can find out if your physician is board-certified in dermatology by checking either the "American Board of Medical Specialties" or "American Osteopathic Association" websites.

    I can't stress enough how important it is for you NOT to seek medical advice from anonymous people on non-medical websites. You have no idea who these people are and they have not personally taken a medical history nor have they examined you.

    Best of luck.

    Mike
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    Jul 27, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
    Oh, I do feel your pain. I had this same problem. My doctor prescribed Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream which helped. I did go see a dermatologist and he had no idea how to treat it.

    Are you around animals at all? When I contracted it I had moved into a house that we found out later that my room just happened to be the dogs room. All that pet dander was still there. Once I moved it took a while but I finally got better and I barely have a minimal outbreak these days.

    I would scratch the itch and cause the bald spots and I would also puncture the infected area to get that clear liquid out. After I punctured it I would put some hydrogen peroxide on it to kill the bacteria. It seemed to help. I even got several bottles at one time and poured it into a bathtub full of water. Didn't really help all that much. Taking a bleach bath didn't help too much either. (yes, I was desperate to get rid of it)

    I did notice that sun exposure would turn it into acne. I might not have had the same type as you though. There are several different strains. My hair did grow back. If you do scratch it then make sure to wash your hands. I am convinced that is why it spread to my face.