Folliculitis

Infectious Folliculitis

Folliculitis is a common skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed. It's usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. At first, it may look like small red bumps or white-headed pimples around hair follicles. The infection can spread and turn into nonhealing, crusty sores. You can have folliculitis on any part of your body that has hair. But it is most common on the beard area, arms, back, buttocks, and legs.

The condition isn't life-threatening, but it can be itchy, sore and embarrassing. Severe infections can cause permanent hair loss and scarring.
  • Symptoms
  • Red lesions filled with pus

    • Hair in papules

    • At scalp, At face, At beard

    • At buttocks, At upper extremity, At lower extremity

    • At back

    • Painful

    common

    Skin rash and redness

    • At the bump site

    common

    Itchy skin

    • At the bump site

    common

    Dark patches of skin

    • At the bump site

    common

  • Risk factors
  • Excessive sweating

    Hot, humid environments

    Consumption of contaminated food or water

    or Area of poor sanitation

    Falling sick easily

    or Diabetes mellitus

    or HIV infection

    Recent antibiotic use

    or Use of tetracyclines

    or Use of steroids

    Hair removal by shaving

    Intravenous drug abuse

  • Treatment
  • 1-Creams or pills to control infection. For mild infections, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic cream, lotion or gel. 2-Creams, shampoos or pills to fight fungal infections. Antifungals are for infections caused by yeast rather than bacteria. 3-Creams or pills to reduce inflammation.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Folliculitis, then a visit to a dermatologist is recommended.

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