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What is Folliculitis?

Description of the Disease

Folliculitis is inflammation of the hair follicles caused by a bacterial infection. It can manifest on the skin as redness, swelling, and pustules.


  • Superficial Folliculitis
  • Deep Folliculitis
  • Fungal Folliculitis


Symptoms of folliculitis may include itching, skin redness, swelling, rashes, and pain. In the case of deep folliculitis, pustules and scars may appear.


Folliculitis is usually caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus. It can also be caused by damage to hair follicles from shaving or friction.


Diagnosis of folliculitis usually involves a doctor's examination of the skin and, if necessary, swabbing for analysis.


Treatment of folliculitis may include the use of local antiseptics, antibiotics, or antifungal drugs.


To prevent folliculitis, it is recommended to regularly care for the skin, use clean razors, and avoid excessive friction of the skin.


To diagnose and treat folliculitis, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.