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7 skin infections you can contract from your local barber

In every nook and crannies of the state, there’s a baby saloon specifically designed to your taste and others. This respective saloons ensures we will good about ourselves but sometimes, they can make us sick if we don’t proper measures.

Apart from the dreaded HIV and they’re seven other sicknesses one can get from barbing saloon.

Barba’s itch– According to a dermatologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, United States, Dr. Joshua Zeincher, a barber’s itch usually occurs when the bacteria invade the hair follicles, leading to red bumps and pus pimples that may be itch.

To avoid it, ensure the barber sterilizes his/her equipment or, simply use your own clipper.

Impertigo- This infection is caused by a bacteria from the family of staphylococcus or streptococcus. Patients who develop this infections must have come in contact with something with it through their skin to skin, clothing’s or towels {something to keep in mind when you washing you hair}.

“Patients develop yellow or honey-coloured crusts (on their skin). It is important to treat because it is highly contagious. Fortunately, it is usually easily treatable with a topical antibiotic ointment.”

Tinea capitis– Is a fungi infection of the scalp that take shape of ringworm or, it can look like a red flakey itchy patch. According to Zeichner, At the barber’s, tinea capitis can spread via poorly sanitized combs or towels and in severe cases, it can lead to permanent scarring and hair loss.

“Tinea capitis often needs to be treated with an oral antifungal medication. The fungus penetrates deep into the hair follicles, so it may be difficult to treat with topical medications alone.”

Folliculitis– Nigerian based dermatologist, Mrs. Chioma Okere defines Folliculitis as the inflammation of the hair follicle, mostly caused by bacterial infection.

She added: “Folliculitis looks like a tiny white pimple and it is usually caused by staphylococcus bacteria, which can be transmitted through improperly sanitized combs, scissors, or razors,” she said.

Lice– This is one of the most common skin infection and its rampant across the globe. Lice’s have the capability of making someone very restless and itchy at the same time.

According to Chioma, “It is common in the scalp, but it also can occur in the beard. The most common symptom is significant itching in the affected area. In addition to the adult louse, it is common to find nits, which are eggs, in the hair as well.

“There are a variety of ways to treat lice, the most common of which is to apply a topical anti-lice medication to the hair to kill the infection. You also may need to have individual nits removed from the hair as well.”

Tetanus- According to Chioma, one can contact the bacteria once there’s a cut on the hair and the comb used in combing it is infected with tetanus.

Herpes- US based dermatologist, Zeichner warns that wax or manscaping can lead transmission of herpes.

What they should i do:

Tell your barber to disinfect his tools before he uses it on you. Probably ask him to show you a barbicide which is effective in killing bacteria’s, fungi or viruses before you commence.

Secondly, check you skin to know if you have cuts. If you have cuts or opening in your skin, cancel the appointment. Simply don’t go until you’re healed.

Thirdly check you barber’s skin especially in the hand. If you’re barber don’t wear gloves and his skins are infected, don’t let him touch your cause he/she could infect you.

Fourthly, if barbers tools and shop are dirty and rusted simply walk away. Don’t let maroon barb you hair, you will regret it later.

“If you want to help your barber, tell them they need to pay attention to cleanliness and get newer instruments if the ones they are using are old and rusty.”

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