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Folliculitis Facts

  • Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles and the immediate surrounding tissue. The hair follicle is the growth area in the skin for a hair.
  • It only occurs on skin with hair.
  • There are many causes of folliculitis.
  • Exposure to infectious bacteria, immune system suppression, and occupational exposures can predispose to folliculitis.
  • Redness swelling and pustule formation at the site of the hair follicle opening are required for diagnosis of folliculitis.
  • Serious folliculitis requires a visit to the doctor.
  • Management of folliculitis requires investigation of the cause.
  • Complete recovery from folliculitis is the rule.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2015

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