What is folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a condition which occurs as a result of a bacterial infection involving the hair follicles of the skin. The hair follicles of the skin are tiny pores from which the hairs emerge. The condition may affect men and women and usually occurs in areas of skin where there is extra hair growth such as the face, neck, armpits and genital areas.

What causes folliculitis?

A collection of bugs (bacteria) invades the hair follicles and causes redness and pain around the point where the hair leaves the skin.

What are the risk factors?

Unsanitary conditions during shaving may increase the risk of developing folliculitis in men and women. Those who suffer from diabetes, other conditions or medications which suppress the immune system may be at risk of developing folliculitis.

What are the symptoms?

  • Multiple pimples - red, painful and pus filled (known as boils)
  • Large discharging, painful, red lumps may occur (known as a carbuncles)

How can folliculitis be treated?

  • Topical antibiotics: skin based antibiotic preparations
  • Oral antibioticsSurgical drainage may be needed for the larger lumps (carbuncles)
  • Other: Better hygiene, antiseptic soap/shampoo, treat underlying predisposing condition(s)

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