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Skin

21 February 2007

What's the itch?

The scientific name is folliculitis, and it often starts with damage to your hair follicles either from a blockage or from friction caused by clothing or shaving.

The scientific name is folliculitis, and it often starts with damage to your hair follicles either from a blockage or from friction caused by clothing or shaving; hence, the term barber's itch.

  • Avoid constricting clothing: Tight clothes especially jeans and athletic wear may be stylish, but make sure they don't chafe your skin.
  • Shave with care: Use an electric razor or a new blade every time you shave. Be especially careful to keep the shaved area clean and to avoid cuts and nicks. If you're a woman who gets frequent infections, you may want to consider depilatories or other methods of hair removal.
  • Maintain hot tubs: If you own a hot tub, clean it regularly and add chlorine when recommended. Use commercial tubs only if you're sure they're well-maintained.

- (HealthDayNews)
 

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