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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 burning sensation
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Common Causes of Folliculitis
The following are the most common causes of Folliculitis:
Risk Factors for Folliculitis
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Folliculitis:
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
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
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:
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
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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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