Treatment may not be needed, as the mild form of the disease usually clears on its own. Anti-itch medications may be used.
In severe cases, your health care provider may prescribe an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin.
This condition usually clears without scarring. It may recur if the infected hot tub is not cleaned.
Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of hot tub folliculitis.
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