Inflammation of the hair follicles. Causes include excessive perspiration, skin infections, and skin wounds

Symptoms of Folliculitis

The following features are indicative of Folliculitis:
  • skin blister
  • skin rashes
  • pimples
  • redness
  • itching
  • pus
  • skin burning sensation
  • swelling

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Common Causes of Folliculitis

The following are the most common causes of Folliculitis:
  • staphylococci bacteria
  • fungal infection
  • virus infection

Risk Factors for Folliculitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Folliculitis:
  • acne
  • dermatitis
  • damage to hair follicles by shaving, waxing or wearing tight clothing
  • regularly wearing clothing that traps heat and sweat, such as rubber gloves or high boots
  • being a male with curly hair who shaves

Prevention of Folliculitis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Folliculitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid tight clothes
  • avoid shaving
  • washing skin with warm water and antibacterial soap before shaving
  • use only clean hot tubs and heated pools

Occurrence of Folliculitis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Folliculitis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Folliculitis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-50 years

Common Gender

Folliculitis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Folliculitis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Folliculitis:
  • Physical examination: To identify skin infection
  • Skin biopsy: To identify the layer or layers of skin involved

Doctor for Diagnosis of Folliculitis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Folliculitis:
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Folliculitis if untreated

Yes, Folliculitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Folliculitis is left untreated:
  • permanent skin damage, such as scarring or dark spots
  • destruction of hair follicles
  • permanent hair loss

Self-care for Folliculitis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Folliculitis:
  • Avoid tight clothes: Helps to reduce friction between skin and clothing
  • Shave with care: Washing skin with warm water and antibacterial soap before shaving and avoiding the sharing of razors, towels and washcloths

Time for Treatment of Folliculitis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Folliculitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1-5 days

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Folliculitis.
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