Folliculitis is an irritating skin condition caused by bacteria that can occur all over the body. Various medical treatments may be able to halt the problem, but if you are looking for natural ways to combat your condition, there are herbal remedies that may cause fewer side effects than their medicinal counterparts.
What is Folliculitis?
Folliculitis is an inflammation of hair follicles that can occur anywhere on the skin. Hair follicles can be irritated from clothing friction, an insect bite, shaving, or a host of other catalysts. The follicles are then infected with the bacteria staphyloccoccus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is a spherical bacterium that is found in the nose and on the skin of many people. It is a common cause of infection and it can adapt to become resistant to many antibiotics. It can cause a rash, pimples, itching skin and genital lesions. Other potential causes of the condition are bacteria, fungi, impaired immunity and overuse of antibiotics.
Folliculitis and its tricky bacterial cause are often treated in one of three ways. You can use a topical antiseptic such as iodine and hydrogen peroxide to attempt to kill the bacteria and heal the rash. This is not effective in all cases unless it is accompanied by a course of an internal bacteria fighter. Prescription ointments with the antibiotics mupirocin or neomycin also can be used to attack the infection. If the folliculitis is resistant to the creams, a penicillinase-resistant penicillin can be used to conquer a tough case of the condition. The problem with antibiotics is that they may create stronger bacteria that are resistant to the medicine and can spread to cause other illnesses. It is this breeding of stronger bacteria that has caused many to look for alternative herbal remedies.
A cup of tea made from the herb Chinese rhubarb has been shown to heal folliculitis and to kill the staphyloccucus strain. The honeysuckle plant also can be helpful in the fight against the folliculitis-causing bacteria. It can be taken as an herbal decoction by combining 15 grams of dried honeysuckle flowers with 600 milliliters of water. Another common flowering plant, the chrysanthemum, has been used to improve clogged arteries, headaches, and to kill both the staphylococcus and streptococcus strains of bacteria. Take an herbal infusion of 5 grams of flowers per 200 milliliters of water to treat your bacteria internally.
A very common herbal antiseptic treatment is tea tree oil. This remedy has potent anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and it can be applied directly to the problematic area. Both the vaporized essential oil of lemon and a solution of the oil can kill off a strain of staphylococcus along with several other kinds of bacteria. This oil is a well-known antiseptic and there is a very high kill rate when it comes to any kind of bacteria being immersed in it for an extended period of time.
Do not take more doses of herbs than those recommended by a licensed herbalist or your doctor. Herbal remedies may cause allergic reactions or interactions with medications that you are taking. Consult your doctor before adding herbs to your routine.