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Dr Pixie:

Lots of you have put questions and queries on here with regards to shaving rashes. Well, first of all I think you better look at how you are shaving. Certainly, if you are someone who is using a handheld razor it may be worth getting something that’s electronic or if you have to resort to a hand held disposable razor please don’t use anybody else’s razor like your dads or your boyfriends and also remember to change the razor on a regular basis. Rusty, blunt razors host loads of bacteria and that will cause a big problem in your hair follicles and give you an infectious rash called folliculitis.

Secondly, try and make the area nice and warm beforehand so that the pores are open, and you can do this by simply shaving after you’ve been in the bath or the shower and remember to shave in the direction of the hair not against it. If you can exfoliate the area before hand it is also a very good idea and if you can apply an antibacterial wash afterwards that prevents bacteria from going to sit in the follicles and results an infection.

If shaving seems just a disaster there are other options. You could try maybe hair removal creams, you could also try waxing and if your hairs are particularly problematic a more long term solution is to consider laser treatment but this isn’t available on the NHS and is quite costly.

I’ve been reading lots of posts on the Embarrassing Bodies website about people who have had recurrent issues with folliculitis and shaving rashes that simply won’t go away and you sound like you have tried absolutely everything. At this stage if you have tried everything there is one other trick that I would have up my sleeve and that is that very often people carry excess bacteria on their skin. We can sometimes harbour them in the cracks of our arms, up our noses, in our bottoms or in our groins. So, if you have a recurrent problem its worth seeing you’re GP, getting some swabs done of all of these areas, sending them to the lab and identifying which germ is causing the problem. We can simply issue a prescription for antibiotics; get rid of the germ and use and antibacterial wash which you would use twice a day for two weeks. So, if this is a really, really big struggle, go and see your GP and get it sorted.

One final word would be that, although you may be entirely convinced these lumps and bumps down below are something to do with shaving if there is any doubt what so ever go and see your GP because there are lots of other things that can crop up down below that are not due to shaving so if in doubt get the doctor to check it out.

And if you’re worried about rashes or skin problems why not check out the Embarrassing Bodies rashes and skin problems My VideoDoctor.

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Doctor Responses: Folliculitis

Folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles, is often caused by shaving. In this short video Dr Pixie answers your most common queries about the condition, how to get rid of it and how to avoid it in the first place.

Most of the questions Pixie answers were posted by Embarrassing Bodies viewers on our “folliculitis condition guide“http://www.channel4embarrassingillnesses.com/conditions/folliculitis/.

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I have a really hairy face, I have tried waxing which gives me a rash, threading, plucking and shaving. Shaving gives me dry skin which is very irritating. I can't afford laser and don't know what to do. I have been diagnosed with thyroid problem and have been on tablets for years.





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Hello I am 60yrs I am hoping you can help me I have got a overhang on my stomach after a few operations and I can smell it so I think everyone else can as well I was it around 7 times a day I have asked my Dr for a gastric band as I have put far to much weight on and it is making my back a lot worse then I can bear my Dr said they don't do it over here I can not afford it myself I have tried also res but nothing helps I have tried every dirt but no luck I have even gone with out food for over 2 months but I was so I'll with it now I only eat very small amount but I still feel as if as if everyone is laughing at me because I'm so smelly x





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Hi I have been suffering for about 12 years now with an itchy outer viginal skin, I have been to so many doctors over the years and just get prescribed cortisone creams and 1 gyne told me I'm the problem, nothing helps to take away this itch, I scratch my self raw, then I get in the shower and want to cry from the pain of the water on the open wounds, have had plenty of pap smear its not cause from an internal problem, I had my son 12 years ago and since that day it started and has not subsided since, the skin is raw from scratch so tends to purspire more which only makes the itchig worse, I itch more severly at night, the other day I was scratching and I noticed long hairs from the raw skin, I so despirately need help I can't live like this any more origionaly I thought I had a follical infection but mediction didn't help, but now I think I have in grown hairs all over my virgina, if I squeeze a piece of skin it looks like there is some sort of infection in each pore, please help, have tried oils and potions and all sorts been to so many doctors I could have bought a BMW by now just in consultation fees, I feel I maybe have some sort of ingrown hair infection been trying to google every name I come across, help





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You should see your gyno or doctor about Lichen Sclerosus. A biopsy will confirm it and the proper use of clobetasol topical steroid ointment will help greatly.

Hi I have look at picture of Lichen Sclerosus, that is not my problem, I actually tried vinagar and water to rub the area and noticed a clearish film that had hairs stuck on my skin and my skin was actually stuck together in lines that where not noticeable before the vinagar rub now I'm thinking a baterial infection??? I don't have big sores, the sores I have are from scratching, they look like dry skin after a day of healing. Tan

I have foliculitis and lyp. can lyp cause foliculitis?





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For. Few years now I ve had a sore irritating right side lip of my vagina. If it touched anything it goes made for an itch and it's bald also. Went doctors can't remember what she called it but I got no anti biotics just a cream? I had this when I was pregant with my youngest who is nearly 3 now this is driving me mad ! Help any suggestions ? Got another appointment with doctors on the 20th :( I have always had the same sexual partner also.





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I shaved at the very top of the inside of my thigh about 2 months ago and now there's a red and very itchy rash that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon! I'm an 18 year old old male and this is making me self-conscious and it's very irratating. What should I do to get rid of this for good?





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A week to 10 days before I come on, I develop nasty cysts usually right on my knicker line between my legs, sometimes on my labia. These come up size wise, from a cherry size to the size of a golf ball. They usually burst on their own, but they are SO painful, causing me great discomfort when sitting down. Just before my period starts, they all subside. I feel horrible, so dirty. They come up so quickly, anything from 3 - 5 at a time. I am nearly 50, going through the change, I am clean, shower everyday, clean cotton knickers daily, I just don't understand it. Help please?





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Im 21, had a baby 5 months ago & have come out in a spotty rash all over my chest & neck. I have been to the docs 4 times & they have told me its folliculitis & prescribed 4 different anti-biotics/creams but nonr of them have worked. Im starting ti get really depressed now as im constantly having to cover my chest & in this boiling weather its pretty hard. Could someone please help me? :(





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My sin and i both hav a rash.on.our skin that looks likefoliculitis but hopefully is not. My sons 2 m 26.the dr gav him a mousturising cream dermobase. But since then its spread to his legs belly etc.





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im suffering from folliculitis BAD! head to toe! I just turned 30 and already have bald spots.. very depressing.. so far my dermatologist started me off with some shots in the Scalp along with topical cream (fluconadize) Spelled wrong Sorry)... Well thats not a treatment to cure it! its a sterioud to just help stop the itch! So did some digging Tee tree oil I buy at CVS for 3 bucks or so. pricey for this teeny weeny bottle but other stores had smaller and around $11 bucks!! INSANE! this oil I use on me and my three lil ones as we all suffer in one way or another with this! I bathe with antibacteria body washes n head and shoulders shamp. and keratin conditioner (just so it looks as though my hair has some life)!! after shower dry up than run everyone down in this amazing tiny bottle of GOLD! it reall has helped. Tee Tree Oil kills almost every type of staph infection , except MRSA! But ill talk that ober these flimgazy Roids that dont attack the bacteria just stops the itch!

I have spots on the back of my head I have had them for years and have tried all sorts they seem to go for a few days and come back really sore I have been given antibiotics twice and this liqud stuff to massage into my scalp witch still isnt making a differance any advice please





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