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Folliculitis

Treating folliculitis with homoeopathy

Folliculitis is an inflammation of one or more hair follicles. This condition may affect all areas of the body covered with hair. In general, folliculitis is caused by an infection: the causative agent usually being Staphylococcus aureus. This disease is characterized by a swelling that occurs at the base of a follicle containing a hair. Normally, folliculitis is benign but when it becomes recurrent it can lead to deep folliculitis. This form is frequently linked to burning sensations and pain that cause the person to scratch the affected area. Superficial folliculitis can be treated by good hygiene while deep folliculitis requires drug treatments. These treatments target the fungi or bacteria responsible for the inflammation.

Symptoms

The symptoms of folliculitis depend on the evolution of the infection. In case of superficial inflammation, the symptoms consist of a cluster of pimples that forms at the base of each hair follicle. Sometimes folliculitis be confused with acne. To distinguish between these two conditions, know that the difference lies in the shape of the pimple: in case of folliculitis, the hair is seen through the pimple. In addition, folliculitis mostly tends to occur at the base of the neck or groin. Itching located in the groin sometimes leads to lesions around the genitals. When folliculitis occurs, the area where the pimples are located is often red due to itching.

Homoeopathic treatments

Regarding less severe cases, treatment against folliculitis is Pyrogenium-based, diluted to 7 or 9 CH, and requiring the intake of a 5-granule dose in the morning and evening. If the state of the lesions does not improve after 2 days of treatment, it is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

For the homoeopathic treatment of folliculitis that affects nose and upper lip, take Hydrastis 5 CH combined with Pyrogenium 5 CH and Arsenicum Album 5 CH.

The homoeopathic remedy Sulphur Iodatum is indicated for the treatment of pimples caused by superficial folliculitis. In that case, suck on 5 granules of Sulphur Iodatum 9 CH once a day. Once every 7 days, alternate the 10-granule intake of Staphylococcinum 9 CH with Graphites 9 CH and Thuja 9 CH.

When should you consult a doctor?

Knowing that folliculitis is a mild inflammation, good hygiene of the affected areas usually helps to heal them after 2 or 3 days.  If the inflammations persist and begin to fester, immediately go to a doctor to receive adequate treatment.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “folliculitis”

Associated treatments

•    Pyrogenium
•    Sulphur Iodatum

Good to know: If folliculitis persists despite the administered treatment, an in-depth examination needs to be carried out. Indeed, it is essential to rule out hidradenitis suppurativa, given that this skin disease presents the same symptoms as folliculitis.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.