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What is folliculitis?
Folliculitis is an inflammation of one or more hair follicles, caused by an infection. The inflammation appears on the skin as red bumps that are also sometimes itchy. These bumps may be filled with pus or they may burst and develop a hard crust. It can occur anywhere …
What causes folliculitis?
Folliculitis is caused by an irritation of the hair follicle, which leaves it open to infection and then inflammation. Most cases of folliculitis are caused by the subsequent infection of the hair follicle with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Less commonly, …
What does folliculitis look like?
Common symptoms of folliculitis include red bumps, clusters of pus-filled bumps, red skin, itchiness and crusting when the pus-filled bumps burst.
How is folliculitis treated?
Mild folliculitis often clears up on its own, or simply by keeping the area clean. In more severe cases, treatment options depend on the cause and location of the infection. These include the use of medicines that target the cause of infection.
Can folliculitis be prevented?
General measures for preventing folliculitis involve keeping the skin clean, dry and free from factors that aggravate the condition. You may also try changing shaving habits, wearing loose clothing, keeping the skin moisturized and not sharing personal items, …
Can complications arise from folliculitis?
Complications from folliculitis are rare, but most commonly include spread of infection or large, itchy patches on the skin, known as plaques. In more severe cases scarring, permanent hair loss, or boils can occur.
How long does folliculitis take to heal?
The outlook for folliculitis is generally very good, as most cases tend to clear without treatment in about 7 to 10 days. In some situations, folliculitis may cause permanent hair loss or scarring, which can be embarrassing and distressing. However, …
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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 27 Mar 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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