Folliculitis is a common skin condition that occurs when our hair follicles become inflamed. This inflammation is often caused by:
- A fungus
- Blockages from skin products
- Hair removal (shaving, waxing, plucking)
- Ingrown hairs
- Friction ( tight clothing rubbing against areas of the skin where hair is present)
The most common symptom of folliculitis is an outbreak of tiny, white-headed or red bumps on the skin. Other symptoms may include:
- Tender, painful skin
- Itchy skin
- A large, swollen mass
- Pus-filled blisters
Folliculitis can affect anyone; however, the risk increases if you have acne or dermatitis, regularly wear tight clothing, are taking certain medications, are a person who shaves often or soaks in hot tubs that are poorly maintained.
Treatment of folliculitis may vary based on severity. If symptoms are mild, it is recommended that you keep the area clean and apply a warm compress. If you are itchy, topical solutions such as oatmeal lotion or hydrocortisone cream might help. In severe cases or instances where symptoms last more than a few days, it is strongly advised that you see a doctor. Your doctor may prescribe antifungal shampoos, antibiotics or antifungal creams or pills to help control symptoms. In the event that a large, pus-filled boil has formed your doctor may perform minor surgery to drain the pus and relieve the pain.
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