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Chronic Folliculitis? Red bumps on my upper arms

Posted by
Lacey on January 06, 2003 at 09:22:53:

Hello. I am a 20 year old female who has excema, but I am not quite sure that the red bumps that resemble acne that are permanently on my upper backside of my arms are excema. I have started getting them on my lower arms as well. Sometimes they appear to have "whiteheads" only to find out that it is just dead skin. Sometimes I will be able to apply pressure to the bumps and a thin, straight line of white stuff will come out. Afterwards the bumb will swell and sometimes leave a scar. I told my regular doctor about this and he told me it was excema and prescribed a hydrocortisone cream named Karo? I'm not sure of the exact name as it is all gone now. It seemed to work for a little while, none of the redness appeared to have "whiteheads" and my arms were smooth. I still had redness "spots" and I noticed that they only occured in my hair folicles. Now it is back in full force and looking extremely unnatractive. I have some bad scarring. I am wondering if anyone else has had this problem and had it diagnosed as either excema or chronic folliculitis. Any help and suggestions are extremely appreciated as I am very self-conscious about this and would look forward to wearing short-sleeved shirts and tank tops this summer. Also, will using a scar medicine such as Mederma clog up the hair follicles and make this worse? Help! Feel free to e-mail me.



Chronic Folliculitis? Red bumps on backs of my upper arms (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 07, 2003 at 09:07:17:

In Reply to: Chronic Folliculitis? Red bumps on my upper arms posted by Lacey on January 06, 2003 at 09:22:53:

Hi, Lacy.

Your eczema makes you more susceptible to this even though it is not actually eczema. It is chronic folliculitis and one of the causes is that you do not buff that area when you bathe and dry every day. Notice your habit and you will find that you do not acutally reach that spot. Your lower arms are getting the same as an extension of the process of the upper arms.

Next, you can make the "white stuff" be more runny (and thus less likely to plug the follicles) by taking the EFAs (home page).

Let us know how you do.

Why have you not gotten rid of your eczema (archives)?

Walt

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