How is Pseudomonas folliculitis (hot tub folliculitis) treated?

Updated: Oct 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles B Toner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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P aeruginosa is usually a self-limited infection, clearing in 2-10 days. Despite the discomfort caused by the Pseudomonas folliculitis rash, no treatment is necessary. Systemic spread is typically not observed. P aeruginosa is resistant to nearly all common topical and oral antibiotics, and no indication exists that the course of the skin condition is altered with treatment.

Symptomatic relief of Pseudomonas folliculitis may be achieved through the use of acetic acid 5% compresses for 20 minutes twice a day to 4 times a day.

In Pseudomonas folliculitis patients with associated mastitis, in those with persistent infections, or in those who are immunosuppressed, a course of ciprofloxacin (500 or 750 mg PO bid) is advised.

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