Hot Tub Folliculitis Treatments
Because hot tubs contain warm water, they also harbor harmful bacteria. The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa thrives in the environment provided by hot tubs, especially without proper chemicals controlling the germs. Wooden hot tubs are most susceptible to the bacteria. The bacteria may infect hair follicles, a condition commonly referred to as hot tub folliculitis. Hot tub folliculitis appears as a bumpy, red rash that may itch and is tender to touch. The rash generally appears on the trunk of the body. The folliculitis will clear up on its own or may require medical treatment.
Observe the rash to determine if it appears to be folliculitis due to bacteria exposure in a hot tub.
Wash affected skin twice a day with an antibacterial soap and wait several days to allow the rash to resolve without further treatment.
Visit a physician if the rash has not resolves or has worsened after several days.
Obtain an antibiotic prescription for Cipro or Levaquin tablets to treat the bacterial infection. The physician determines which medication is appropriate for the folliculitis.
Take the medication daily, as prescribed by the physician. The typical course of treatment lasts for 5 to 14 days.
Apply anti-itch creams to control any itching associated with the infection.
Test hot tub for bacteria and adjust chemicals to control the growth of bacteria. This will help prevent a recurrence of the folliculitis.
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