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Folliculitis is defined as the inflammation of one or more hair follicles. This condition can occur anywhere on the skin or scalp.

Causes of Folliculitis

Folliculitis generally occur when the hair follicles are damaged due to friction from clothing, blockage of the follicle or shaving. In majority of the cases it has been seen that the damaged follicles get infected with the bacteria staphylococcus aureus.

If the infection involves the deep part of the follicle, it results in the formation of a painful boil. Barber’s itch is staphylococcal infections of the hair follicles present in the beard are of the face, commonly the upper lip. Moreover \, it is found that shaving aggravates the condition. Tinea barbae is similar to barber’s itch, but fungus.

Grami negative folliculitis is a pustular facial eruption and it occurs due to infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa or other similar organisms. Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a disorder occurring primarily in black men. If curly beard hairs are cut too short, they may curve back into the skin and cause inflammation.

Folliculitis may also arise, as hair regrows after shaving, waxing, electrolysis is very common on the lower is very common on the lower legs of the women. It is very itchy. So, lady should stop removing the hairs through such methods. Instead a lady’s electric razor is the gentlest way to remove hair from the limbs.

Folliculitis may also occur due to ringworm of the scalp known as tinea capitis. Yeast, such as Pityrosporum ovale may also lead to the development of folliculitis. Pityrosporum folliculitis is an itchy acne-like condition usually affected the upper trunk of a young adult.

Yeast, such as Pityrosporum ovale may also lead to the development of folliculitis. Pityrosporum folliculitis is an itchy acne-like condition usually affected the upper trunk of a young adult.

Symptoms of Folliculitis

The affected area may show the development of rash that is the reddened skin area. Pimples or pustules may also be seen located around a hair follicle. Such pimples or pustules may crust over.

It typically occur on neck axialla or groin area. It may also be present as genital lesions. There may be itching skin. A diagnosis of folliculitis is primarily based on the appearance of the skin. The skin infection is shallow and superficial. A culture of the lesion may show which bacteria or fungus are causing it. Folliculitis generally look like acne pimples or non-healing, crusty sores.

Treatment of Folliculitis

An acute eruption or the one present for only short time is usually due Staphylococcal infection. This is generally treated with oral kef lox, dicloxacillin or similar oral antibiotic for the ten days. Topical antibiotic creams or lotions can also be used.

Bactroban ointment should be applied into the front of the nose for several days to prevent a carrier state. Chronic or recurring folliculitis does not get treated with just antibiotics.

For example folliculitis on the legs of women generally require stoppage of shaving, waxing, plucking, etc. for atleast 3 months to allow the hair to grow in healthy. A pill such as tetracycline or minocycline can be given for 4 to 6 weeks. Unless the skin is sensitive, hence drying, antiseptic lotion should be used on the affected areas such as aluminum chlorhydrate solution.

In some cases, the infection with unusual bacteria may be picked up from a dirty hot tub or scrubbing brush. For those with sensitive skin, friction and rubbing must be avoided. Person should keep the area clean. Folliculitis usually responds well to treatment, but may recur.

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