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Folliculitis Risk Factors
Folliculitis does not occur on the palms or soles or on mucous membranes, since the presence of hair follicles is a requirement. Exposure to potential infectious agents and certain types of occupational exposures can predispose to folliculitis. Football players and wrestlers are predisposed to develop staphylococcal folliculitis due to the presence of superficial skin abrasions related to their athletic participation. There is a well-known condition called "hot tub folliculitis" which can affect those who frequent poorly maintained hot tubs. These people develop a folliculitis produced by Pseudomonas bacteria. Poor shaving techniques can produce folliculitis on the legs of women and the necks of men. Pregnant women are prone to develop an itchy folliculitis that resolves spontaneously after delivery. Patients with HIV disease may develop a peculiar folliculitis produced by certain white blood cells (eosinophils) infiltrating into the follicles as well as a widespread folliculitis produced by molluscum contagiosum virus. A group of new anticancer drugs, epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors, can produce a facial folliculitis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2015
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