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Folliculitis: Facts

Facts About Folliculitis

  • Folliculitis looks like acne but is different. The easiest way to distinguish between acne and folliculitis is: Hair will appear in the center of the folliculitis pimple. In acne, the sebaceous glands get infected. In folliculitis, the hair follicle gets infected. If you have severe acne, you may also develop folliculitis.
  • Folliculitis may be superficial or deep. In superficial folliculitis, small acne like white bums form around the hair follicles on the skin and resolve in few days. In deep folliculitis, the infection spreads in the whole folliculice and can cause boils. This condition can be painful and may need antibiotics to treat.
  • Hot tub folliculitis is caused by a bacteria that colonizes hot water tubs. This folliculitis may appear after a day or two of contact.
  • White and itchy pimples with pus may appear on the beard area of men and underarms and legs of women. This is due to faulty shaving that hurts the hair follicle and consequent bacterial infection of the follicles.
  • Barber's itch is a superficial folliculitis. It is caused by faulty shaving in both men and women. In this condition, the hurt hair follicle gets infected with bacteria.
  • Those who take antibiotics for a long time may develop gram negative folliculitis on nose, cheeks, jaws, and other facial areas. Gram negative folliculitis shows as acne like deep lesions.
  • Excess perspiration may cause folliculitis.
  • Obese people are prone to get folliculitis.
  • Friction due to tight clothing can cause folliculitis.
  • Washing the affected area with anti-bacterial soap and applying an OTC antibiotic helps to clear mild infection.
  • Use of electric razor reduces the probability of getting folliculitis.

Article created on: August 15, 2006

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