Folliculitis is the medical term for an infected hair follicle, which is commonly connected to shaving. Folliculitis occurs when bacteria makes its way into one or more follicles of the hair. Folliculitis initially occurs as a red lump surrounding the hair follicle. The infection can worsen if neglected, leading to weeping, pain and inflammation. To calm the skin and lessen the inflammation, lifestyle changes and certain products are required when treating the infected hair follicles.
Before treating the infected hair follicle, wash your hands with warm water and soap then dry your hands with a clean towel afterward.
Purchase an antibiotic ointment and squeeze a small amount on the tips of your clean fingers. Massage the ointment into the infected area. Repeat the step three times a day.
When shaving, avoid the region where the infected hair follicles are located. Usually, the infection will heal within a week, so make sure you avoid shaving during this period of time.
If necessary, ease the swelling and pain with ibuprofen. Read the packaging label and follow the required dosage. According to the website Drugs.com, 800 mg is the maximum single dosage for an adult, not to go beyond 3,200 mg per day.
If your folliculitis infection does not improve within a week or if it develops into a serious condition, pay a visit to your physician’s office. Discoloration of the skin, swelling and severe pain are all symptoms of an infection that may require further treatment with prescription antiseptics or oral antibiotics.