How is folliculitis prevented?

Updated: Oct 08, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth K Satter, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Avoid shaving irritated skin for 1 month or until all lesions have resolved. To prevent future lesions, avoid close shaving and change disposable razors daily. In addition, periodically soak electric razor heads in 70% alcohol or diluted bleach for 1 hour to eliminate overgrowth of bacteria or fungi.

Good personal hygiene, including bathing, hand washing, and keeping nails short and clean, reduces the risk of folliculitis. Wearing loose rather than snug-fitting clothing helps reduce friction.

In cases of acute infectious folliculitis, launder towels, washcloths, and sheets frequently and do not share them with other family members.

Hot tubs should be cleaned regularly and appropriately chlorinated.


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