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  • Folliculitis

    1 posts, 1 voices, 333 views, started Apr 7, 2010

    Posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 by Denise Richardson


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      Folliculitis occurs when hair follicles become infected, often with Staphylococcus aureus or other types of bacteria. Severe infections can cause permanent hair loss and scarring, and even mild folliculitis can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.  

      The infection usually appears as small, white-headed pimples around one or more hair follicles. Most cases of folliculitis are superficial, and they may itch, but on occasion they‘re painful too. Superficial folliculitis often clears by itself in a few days, but deep or recurring folliculitis may need medical treatment. Folliculitis signs and symptoms vary, depending on the type of infection.  

      Superficial folliculitis, which includes types that affect the upper part of the hair follicle, may cause: Clusters of small red bumps that develop around hair follicles, Pus-filled blisters that break open and crust over, Red and inflamed skin, Itchiness or tenderness.  

      Deep folliculitis starts deeper in the skin surrounding the hair follicle and affects the entire hair follicle. Signs and symptoms include: A large swollen bump or mass, Pus-filled blisters that break open and crust over, Pain and possible scars once the infection clears.  

      Mild cases of folliculitis often clear up without any treatment. But if the infection doesn’t improve despite home care, appears to spread or recurs often, call your doctor or a dermatologist. You may need antibiotics or antifungal medications to help control the problem. The most common causes of follicle damage include:  

      Friction from shaving or tight clothing  

      Excessive perspiration  

      Inflammatory skin conditions, including dermatitis and acne  

      Injuries to your skin, such as abrasions or surgical wounds  

      Covering your skin with plastic dressings or adhesive tape  

      Anyone can develop folliculitis, but certain factors make you more susceptible to the condition including:  

      Medical conditions that reduce your resistance to infection, such as diabetes  

      A pre-existing skin condition, such as acne or dermatitis  

      Trauma to your skin from surgery  

      Long-term antibiotic therapy for acne  

      Topical corticosteroid therapy  

      Obesity - folliculitis is more common in people who are overweight  

      Exposure to hot water, such as a hot tub or a heated swimming pool  

      Although it’s not always possible to prevent folliculitis, these measures may help:  

      Avoid constrictive clothing eg. Tight clothes  

      Shave with care. Use an electric razor or a new blade every time you shave.  

      Maintain hot tubs. If you own a hot tub, clean it regularly and add chlorine when recommended.


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