Shaving Rash

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Post-shave rashes can last for up to three weeks.


The visit to your friendly neighbourhood barber would bring you his views of happenings around the world, whether it is Sachin's elbow needing a lighter bat or dirty linen cleansing at the Guantanamo Bay.

Just when you thought you have endured it all and gotten rid of the overgrown hair and the stubble, there appears a rash on the face, red and circular , compelling you to scratch. And then you realise that the dear barber has left an indelible mark for the next three weeks, the barber's itch. Our skin is flushed with follicles from which the hair grows out. The density of the follicles is more on the scalp, beard area, underarms and the groin.

Whenever the skin is irritated and damaged due to friction or undue pressure while shaving, the follicles are hurt which in turn can lead to bacterial and fungal infections. This is what is precisely termed as barber's itch.

If there is a bacterial infection, pus will be evident with accompanying pain. The pus tends to drain out in a week but if it occurs in immuno-compromised patients suffering from other diseases, it may take more time to heal. If the area is affected by fungus, there will be white bumps that get inflamed and reddened. Crusts of skin also peel off when the area is scratched to reveal a raw surface and effecting burning pain.

One who is already affected should not shave until the infection heals as friction aggravates the condition. Avoid sharing towels as it is contagious.
Homoeopathic medicine has good remedies to get rid of the itch and prevent recurrence. Dulcamara can be used as to cure the affliction. Sulphur is also used as a remedy. Scaly, dry, red and inflamed eruptions can be removed by Rhus tox. Sarsaparilla can be used when dryness is predominant. Kali arsenicum palliates itching.


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