What is it?

Folliculitis refers to an inflammation of the hair follicles in the skin, usually due to bacterial or fungal infection. At first, there are red small bumps or white-headed pimples around the hair follicles. Then, they may turn into crusty sores. Superficial folliculitis involves only a part of the follicle while deep folliculitis involves the entire follicle.

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Signs & symptoms

symptoms may include groups of small red bumps or white-headed pimples around hair follicles or pus- filled blisters. The skin in the area may become bruning, itchy, and painful.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination with a dermoscope. Further evaluation may include taking a sample with a swab and rarely a skin biopsy is done to rule out other conditions.


Treatment may include antibiotics or antifungal creams, antifungal shampoos, steroidal creams or medications, pus drainage and laser hair removal if other treatments fail or the infection recurs.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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