Folliculitis or KP??

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    Folliculitis or KP??

    Hi

    Today is the first day I have even heard of KP but now I think it might be what I have actually been suffering for a number of years

    I was diagnosed by a GP with folliculitis on both my upper arms a few years ago. At the time my arms were very inflamed, red and hot to touch. He gave me a prescription cream which took away the heat but never completely got rid of the redness (which is at its first after a hot bath).

    I don't have a regular doctor but have seen a number of GPs about it over the years, none who have given it much concern. I was given tablets once and a anti-bacterial soap another time.

    I never really pursued it further because (after some googling) I believed that folliculitus was linked to weight and, because I was over weight at the time, I was too embarrased to pursue it.

    I am now a regular weight and I am determined to get rid of this embarrasing redness on my upper arms. After all this time, perhaps it is actually KP that I have?

    I am keen to hear from anyone with suggestions of how to tell the difference between folliculitis and KP. This image is the closest I can find that resembles my symptoms
    http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic211.htm#target2

    Also, can anyone suggest any treatments that are available in Australia?

    Thanks so much.

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    i'd love to suggest arbonne for you, but unfortunately they don't ship there yet. Next year maybe. So, maybe you'd have some luck with the extra virgin coconut oil... Sorry I can't be of more help. Oh, and stay away from products containing mineral oil, that only makes it worse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by allisonsullivan
    i'd love to suggest arbonne for you, but unfortunately they don't ship there yet. Next year maybe. So, maybe you'd have some luck with the extra virgin coconut oil... Sorry I can't be of more help. Oh, and stay away from products containing mineral oil, that only makes it worse...
    Thanks - what kind of products generally contain mineral oil? Are you able to tell me what chemical names I should be looking for?

    Also, I would be interested to hear if many people have been told they have foliculitis but it turned out to be KP.

    Its been great reading all your posts and learning that I am not the only one with this problem

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    Other names for mineral oil are petrolatum & paraffin oil.

    You might like to check out my invention: Koru kp Cream, it does not contain any mineral oil (it has avocado and olive oil). Because it comes from New Zealand...we are able to send it to Australia!

    There is a whole lot of discussion about it on "Who would like to try this"


    Cheers
    Annuu

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    Quote Originally Posted by apple
    Thanks - what kind of products generally contain mineral oil? Are you able to tell me what chemical names I should be looking for?

    Also, I would be interested to hear if many people have been told they have foliculitis but it turned out to be KP.

    Its been great reading all your posts and learning that I am not the only one with this problem
    All kinds of things have mineral oil or mineral oil-based products : Baby oil/lotion/wash, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, lotions/creams, soap (bar and liquid), make-up (foundation, concealer, powder, eye shadow, blush, pencils, you name it, it's got it!), Vaseline, and more! Look for the prefix "petro" as in petroleum, petrolatum, and more. Also, mineral oil is often listed flat out.

    I was told right off the bat it was KP. She wouldn't even let me tell her about it, she just grabbed my arm and turned it over and said to the nurse, "Get me a pamphlet on Keratosis Pilaris" I was a little annoyed that she diagnosed it so quickly, but I have seen other doctors since that have diagnosed me and were more thorough in the exam.

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