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.