Alternative Medicine/Skin rash


Hello Eric,
I have been diagnosed with follectilitis {skin rash infection}.
Dotor prescribed a topical anti bacterial ointment. Went through a whole tube with minimal results. Now she wants to prescribe Bactrim DS pills. Frankly the side effects are nasty as described by actual users on the Web MD site and Plus I have ulcerative colitis and antibiotics can irritate the stomach.

Please offer some alternative treatments I can try. I have been using over the counter bacterial soap, neo soporing ointment to prevent infection and 100% aloe vera gel with occasional anti itch lotion.

Any help would be "appreciated",


Hi Ron,
I think you mean you have folliculitis. This can be either bacterial or fungal. The physician can often distinguish fungal fromm bacterial by just looking at the site.  If not sure, then a swab of thec site sent to the lab can determine what the oraganism is and the best treatment for it. Bactrim DS is not an antibiotic I would worry about if you have ulcerative colitis. Clindamycin is an antibiotic to avaoid in your case as it can aggrevate colitis. If taking an antibiotic I always recommend also taking a pro biotic which replaces the good bacteria the anti biotic may affect. Alternately, you can take yogurt with live culture to prevent the gastric adverse effects of the antibiotic.
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Eric Brandt, B.Sc. Pharm

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