How do you recognize and prevent hot tub folliculitis?


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Hot tub folliculitis is a skin infection that occurs around the hair follicle due to bacteria that grows in improperly maintained hot tubs. Individuals using hot tubs in which the bacteria grow begin to develop an itchy, red rash that appears from a few hours to two days after exiting the hot tub. According to MedlinePlus, the rash is usually more concentrated in the area under the bathing suit.

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the bacteria responsible for the rash, is especially prevalent in wooden tubs, reports MedlinePlus. Owners should clean tubs in which they believe the bacteria to be growing before using the tub again. It is essential the owner keep the chlorine or other disinfectant levels and pH of the water in the proper range.

According to Mayo Clinic, the rash develops into pus-filled blisters that look like pimples a few days after exposure. Individuals who develop the rash from a wooden tub often find it more concentrated on the back of the thighs due to direct contact with the bacteria-contaminated surface.

Most of the time the body clears the infection without medication. In severe infections, healthcare providers sometimes prescribe ciprofloxacin or another antibiotic. Anti-itch medications help the sufferer to reduce the irritation caused by the infection. According to MedlinePlus, hot tub folliculitis rarely leaves scarring.

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