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How to reduce reccurring pimples in the pubic area?

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Posted on Fri, 28 Mar 2014
Question: I have reoccurring pimples in the public area. What is it and how to i remove/prevent it?
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Answered by Dr. Manjeth Kumar G (52 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Folliculitis. Need antibiotics & personal hygeine Detailed Answer: Hello, I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Its look like you are having folliculitis in the pubic area. Folliculitis is inflammation of one or more hair follicles. This occurs due to infection of the hair follicles by bacteria called Staphylococcus bacteria. It can be precipitated by rubbing from clothing, blockage of the follicle, or shaving. My advice is not to touch or burst the eruption you have. Everytime you do it, you are actually inoculating more bacteria from and into the surrounding area. We all know that groin region is an area more prone to contamination and thus infection. For the treatment, you will need to visit a dermatologist who will prescribe appropriate oral antibiotics to eradicate the infection. A culture from a swab, taken from the swelling might also be required. At home, can clean the area with normal saline and do a few warm moist compresses to reduce inflammatory swelling/pain. You can apply a topical antibiotic cream like Fusidic acid or Mupirocin 2-3 time daily .You can take oral anti inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to reduce pain/swelling in the region. However, oral antibiotic most probably will be required to complete infection control. This might be recurrent in some people. To prevent further infection: 1) Reduce friction from clothing by wearing loose fitted cotton clothes. 2) Avoid shaving the area. Else remove by trimming the hair. 3) Keep the area clean by changing undergarment at least twice daily. Hope this is helps. Please write back for further queries. Wishing you good health.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Manjeth Kumar G (4 minutes later)
Thank you, What do you mean by normal saline? Like saline solution? Would using a 1/4 or 1/2 cup of bleach in warm bath water kill the bacteria?
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Answered by Dr. Manjeth Kumar G (16 hours later)
Brief Answer: Yes. Normal saline. Both bleach and saline helpful Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your reply. Yes. salt solution or normal saline solution. Both bathing in 1/2 cup of bleach in water and saline compresses will be helpful. Saline compresses are used to treat some kinds of folliculitis. The salt serves to lower the amount of liquid in the boils thus facilitating quicker healing as well as reducing pain. Bathing the infected area with bleach can kill the bacteria to great extent. Hope this helps. Please write back for further queries.
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How to reduce reccurring pimples in the pubic area?

Brief Answer: Folliculitis. Need antibiotics & personal hygeine Detailed Answer: Hello, I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Its look like you are having folliculitis in the pubic area. Folliculitis is inflammation of one or more hair follicles. This occurs due to infection of the hair follicles by bacteria called Staphylococcus bacteria. It can be precipitated by rubbing from clothing, blockage of the follicle, or shaving. My advice is not to touch or burst the eruption you have. Everytime you do it, you are actually inoculating more bacteria from and into the surrounding area. We all know that groin region is an area more prone to contamination and thus infection. For the treatment, you will need to visit a dermatologist who will prescribe appropriate oral antibiotics to eradicate the infection. A culture from a swab, taken from the swelling might also be required. At home, can clean the area with normal saline and do a few warm moist compresses to reduce inflammatory swelling/pain. You can apply a topical antibiotic cream like Fusidic acid or Mupirocin 2-3 time daily .You can take oral anti inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to reduce pain/swelling in the region. However, oral antibiotic most probably will be required to complete infection control. This might be recurrent in some people. To prevent further infection: 1) Reduce friction from clothing by wearing loose fitted cotton clothes. 2) Avoid shaving the area. Else remove by trimming the hair. 3) Keep the area clean by changing undergarment at least twice daily. Hope this is helps. Please write back for further queries. Wishing you good health.