A hot tub folliculitis rash is an infection of the hair follicles caused by a type of bacteria. A bacterium is the culprit of a hot tub rash. Yep, contaminated spas, pools, water slides and other water things can harbor the bacteria that cause hot tub folliculitis. There are the ways to treat this kind of infection. If you or a loved one has experienced a skin rash from prolonged use of a pool, water slide, or hot tub then more than likely it is a hot tub rush. The skin rash will appear as within a couple of hours or a few days later. The skin rash will appear red or pink in color, bumpy, and may itch.
After cleaning the infected site, thoroughly dry the area. You may even want to use a rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball after cleaning the area. Finally, treat the hot tub folliculitis.To treat, a vinegar compress can be used a few times a day to speed up the treatment. Another treatment may be using hydrocortisone cream a few times a day. The hydrocortisone cream will also help relieve the itchiness that comes with the skin rash. If all else fails, a trip to the doctor to proscribe antibiotics may be needed to get rid of the hot tub folliculitis.
Sometimes there is no treatment necessary and the skin rash may go away on its own after about a week. However, the skin rash may reappear from being re-contaminated from pools, spas, and other water objects. Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, blockage of the follicle, or shaving. In most cases of a hot tub folliculitis, the damaged follicles are then infected with the bacteria Staphylococcus. Most folliculitis is caused by the common organism Staphylococcus aureus.
Hot tub folliculitis rash is different in that it is caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Pseudomonas survives in hot tubs, especially hot tubs made of wood, unless the pH and chlorine content are strictly controlled. Sometimes stiff hairs in the beard area curl and reenter the skin after shaving, producing irritation without substantial infection. This type of folliculitis is particularly common in black men.
The signs and symptoms of Hot tub folliculitis are varying. It's depending on the type of infection. In superficial forms of the disorder, small pimples develop around one or more hair follicles. It then turns into a small, raised area of skin that contains pus and often itches or burns. When these pustules break open, they may drain pus and or blood.
Hot tub folliculitis usually appears about 72 hours after you have been in a hot tub or spa. Many small pustules appear on your torso and sometimes your arms and legs. You may have a mild fever and feel ill. This type of folliculitis usually goes away on its own within 7 to 10 days.
Hot tub folliculitis rarely requires treatment, although your doctor may prescribe an oral or topical medication to help relieve itching (anti-pruritic). If the patient is immunocompromised or the lesions are persistent oral ciprofloxacin may be given. Topical antibiotics, such as bacitracin with polymyxin B, may be administered. Fusidic acid is available both as a cream and as an ointment. You should apply it thinly on to the infected area 3-4 times daily.Mupirocin is available both as a cream and an ointment. You should apply it thinly on the affected area 3 times a day for up to 10 days.