It's not zits I think it's folliculitis - read if you have dermatological mystery bumps

Do you have painful zit-like bumps in hair areas?
11
Yes - 68.8%
5
No - 31.3%
0
Maybe - 0.0%

 
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

doors12
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 702
   Posted 10/21/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah  
 
 
 
I have had this stuff going on mainly on my face, where I have facial hair.  They start out as bumps that tend to get red and maybe itchy, then swell and get darn painful.  I had found the best thing to do (without targeting the problem) was to soap up the area multiple times to get them to dry out.  Because if they go to whitehead faster and I drained them, then they healed.  Otherwise they ran the risk of getting "subcutaneous" and being un-poppable, massive things - more like cysts or abcess in my opinion than zits.
 
Anyway, with all of the talk about MRSA, staph, these days (which I am highly suspicious of in regards to UC as well) I came across a few pages on "Folliculitis"
 
Apparently the hair follicles can become infected with various things - one of them being staph, another being fungus.  After reading the description, I realized this *is* what I have.  I will now (finally) make an appointment with a dermatologist and get them to test and find out what the offending invader is.
 
What kept me up thinking last night was - let's say my folliculitis is caused by 1. Staph or 2. Candida.  I see no reason why this cannot inform a homeopathic treatment targeting my UC.  We all know about Candida.  Staph apparently is carried by most of us asymptomatically, but nevertheless, it tends to reside in the nose/sinuses from what I've read.  Well, this seems suspect to me, and I know many of you read the study on the "Murine model of ulcerative colitis." 
 
Let's say the dermatologist finds that I am getting folliculitis on my face from staph.  Well, it seems to me that by using nasal washes, medication, etc, it can only benefit my entire body which would no longer be dealing with this pathogen in large numbers.  It's not clear that this would *cause* my UC by any means - however, I find it interesting that staph is on the rise outside of medical settings these days...
 
I'll post whatever the findings are.


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Affecting Transverse Colon
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo, Biotin
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 

Post Edited (doors12) : 10/21/2007 5:17:38 PM (GMT-6)


UCisNOFUN
Regular Member


Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 10/21/2007 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Finally, someone perfectly describes what I have. I had my first flare in Feb.2007 and I was diagnosed with UC shortly after. Well, I started getting these zit-like bumps on my scalp that became painful. One doc told me it was because my scalp was too dry. Another suggested putting acne medicne on my scalp. I actually went a few months without this problem, but right now they're back, and guess what, my hair is falling out from the meds too, just in time to expose these nasty bumps. Im gooing to see another derm. about this, and Ill definitely bring up folliculitis
 I was diagnosed with U.C. in early 2007. I am 30, single and no kids.
I am currently taking 4800 mgs of Lialda, 100 mgs of Imuran, 1000 mgs Canasa, 10 mgs of Prednisone temporarily(1 more week).
Also I take:Propecia(hair loss), Trentenoin(acne), Paxil(depression), Allegra(allergies), Advair&albuterol(asthma), multi-vitamins, b-complex, flax oil and biotin.
I eat a vegan diet.


julee70
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 10/21/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's another "skin thing" that I had, related to taking Prednisone. I thought I had suddenly developed adult acne. It was around my mouth and chin. Red and sometimes pain, uncomfortable bumps of varying sizes. I bought Proactiv, thinking it was acne. Then my dermatologist told me it was Perioral Dermatitis. (And the abrasive Proactiv was the worst thing for it!)

Perioral Dermatitis is a usually chronic and annoying condition that can get really bad. Red bumps circling the mouth area. It's not pretty. And they don't know what causes it but give you a pamphlet that says things like "cinnamon and toothpaste might make it worse." Well, that's helpful. ANYway, my dermatologist figured out that it was caused by my STOPPING PREDNISONE. They usually see it with people who have stopped topical steriods but it was definitely the prednisone in my case. (I'd tapered off it, by the way, of course.) The whole thing cleared up with creams in about 3 months.

The other things that you guys described sounds different, but I thought I'd mention this in case anyone else experiences something similar when they stop taking Prednisone.
-------
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.


doors12
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 702
   Posted 11/12/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to the Dermatologist today. I told everyone (nurses..doc..etc) that I had Ulcerative Colitis. I described in detail the zit like things I get and I actually was having some breakout today as well.

I was expecting him to take some kind of sample and actually test (using science) to find out what pathogen(s) were causing my problem.

Instead, I was prescribed "Duac gel" and "Differin gel."

I went to the home page for Duac gel and it plainly states on the HOME PAGE not to use with ulcerative colitis. It contains clindomyacin or something.

That reminds me...clindomyacin...seems like I heard that at the dentist just prior to getting hospitalized with UC. Have to look that one up.

...and the journey continues...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 


doors12
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 702
   Posted 11/12/2007 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I am discouraged about having yet another misguided contact with the healthcare profession.

I am thinking about trying some Tea Tree Oil product, but I know nothing about it or where to buy it.

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions about Tea Tree Oil?
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 


DeniseW
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 346
   Posted 11/12/2007 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, if it's folliculitis, like you get sometimes on your arms, I had great results using a vit e and a (I think it was) lotion on my arms way back when. It never came back, so I don't have proof it would work again, but that was all I tried.
Otherwise, I haven't had that problem (yet), so I don't know what else to tell you. At least lotion shouldn't cause discourse with the disease.
dx 4/05 with pancolitis UC after birth of my second child...
18 months of vit e enema and scd remission
Flare since 7/07...almost to surgery, now almost well through mostly natural stuff
Trying to make up the difference with...
Lialda 4/day
Remicade 10/26, 11/09, next 12/3
Imuran 50mg at night 11/11
 
 


UCreallySUCKS
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/13/2007 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
This bumps you're referring to, do they have a 'cycle' so to speak?  I have red bumps that occur about 2 inches below my belly button and come and go every couple months.  They itch like crazy, and will leak some kind of clear fluid if I itch them too much.  They'll be there a couple weeks and disappear on their own, only to come back a couple months later.  I do know they aren't caused by contact with clothing...I've narrowed it down that much at least.  Thought it may have something to do with UC since it started not long after being diagnosed.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day
10mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


quincy
Elite Member


Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30692
   Posted 11/13/2007 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
The antibiotic based gel will deal with any bacterial-based reason you have them...either staph or strep...it's used for acne and will be very effective in dealing with folliculitis you have and preventing new ones. I don't think it'll help if it's fungus...
There's also benzoyl peroxide in it which helps tremendously for zits and swelling.

The Differin....awesome stuff!!! it's a retinoid...in the family of vitamin A....I use it in small doses to help heal zits..as well as an exfoliant for skin.

I would skip the tea tree oil...but you might want to consider a tea tree soap to wash your face and then use the Differin....not the duac gel ..yes, because of the clindamycin. Read the instructions carefully...if you use too much, your skin will get very dry...that's just to inform you to cut back on the amount.

Remember, don't go out in the sun if you're using the Differin...or just use it at night.

quincy


What do you use to clean your face?


*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


quincy
Elite Member


Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30692
   Posted 11/13/2007 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Nathan.....my husband gets similar from areas that rub on clothes. They're still folliculitis or zits, probably caused by staph. The're like a huge zit...and after it's squeezed and the hair removed, he applies a salicylate gel that helps heal them quickly.

He also gets some on his back....especially when he's working with wood...part allergy as well.

Are yours large and very painful and take forever to heal? They could be boils...and are contagious.

If not, you could apply polysporin/neosporin and see if that helps...or use any of the acne products available. The ones that contain benzoyl peroxide will bleach clothes. My husband uses the Clean & Clear salicylate gel...works great.

quincy


*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


UCreallySUCKS
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/13/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info heather, i'll look into the meds that you mentioned.  And they aren't really large bumps, but it covers a somewhat large area, about 15 square inches or so.  Seems like they have their own 'flaring' pattern.

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day 2 Lialda/day (we'll see how that goes)
10mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


quincy
Elite Member


Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30692
   Posted 11/13/2007 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you considered allergy to latex from your underwear or jeans/pants?

q
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Old Hat
Veteran Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 5185
   Posted 11/15/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
There's a skin problem caused by excessive release of histamine under the surface; it's called dermatographic urticaria or dermatographism. I have it! Mainly it raises angry-looking red welts when skin is lightly scraped by fingernails, clothing seams, all sorts of everyday contact. Moisturizing skin lotions containing menthol can soothe this type of irritation. I bring this up here because it can also raise hair follicles to a bump. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily; seem to be back i remission)

UCreallySUCKS
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/15/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I never thought of an allergy to latex, simply because I've never had a reaction to it before from condoms, latex gloves, etc.  I'm going to look up that dermatographic urticaria though.  That sounds more like what it is.  It's not where my boxers/jeans are, but just above.  Seems as though it gets rubbed by them occasionally, such as now when I'm sitting down.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day 2 Lialda/day (we'll see how that goes)
5mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


doors12
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 702
   Posted 6/16/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to update this thread, as I seem to have found a solution (so far) to the problem of at least these bumps on my scalp (I want to give it some more time before commenting on facial bumps).
 
The shampoo I had been using, for no real reason other than I thought it might be good for my hair, was Garnier or whatever, in the green bottle.  After thinking about it, I looked at the bottle and realized it has Glucose and Fructose.  Then I thought, "Why the heck am I putting sugar on my head?"  Especially when I thought it could be fungal.  (I also remembered that the doctor asked what kind of shampoo I used, and asked if I used any anti-dandruff - he didn't recommend that I start using any btw).
 
Anyway, I seem to not be having any problems with this for a few weeks now that I've been using head and shoulders shampoo.
 
I wanted to share this, because it may help others and I know how awful this "folliculitis" or whatever it is can be.
 
Here's a wikipedia article about the active ingredient in Head & Shoulders shampoo
 
I personally find it interesting that it is stated to be effective against pathogens of the strep and staph class.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 

Post Edited (doors12) : 6/16/2008 10:47:59 PM (GMT-6)


doors12
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 702
   Posted 9/14/2008 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to know if anyone that had dealt with these folliculitis type problems had tried the head and shoulders, and if so, did it help?
 
Since I began using it, I do not have any major breakouts to speak of.  That's major folks.  My problem with these was sudden, not lifelong, and was seriously taking a toll on my quality of life.  Now it's GONE!  Like my UC will be one day soon.
 
I am going to look into this subject a little more and hopefully find something that helps the rest of my problems - namely UC.  I am still highly suspicious of the role of staph in UC.  I plan on writing a letter to the CDC.  I don't care if it doesn't get anywhere - I'll be sending them a letter anyway.  Maybe several.  Once I get a coherent post written on this topic, I will post it for your review.
 
 


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:44 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,983,478 posts in 327,124 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161915 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Manystripes.
301 Guest(s), 9 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
dbrookenz, logoslidat, jronne, DJBearGuy, InTheShop, CAdogsRus, Redwhite&blue, (Seashell), BOB 46