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Folliculitis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Virtually all human beings experience folliculitis at some time in their lives with the vast majority of cases spontaneously resolving. So medical care should be sought only if the condition persists and starts to hinder normal daily activities. Bacterial folliculitis can produce deeper abscesses commonly called boils which often require a draining procedure and/or oral antibiotics. If caused by a resistant bacteria (MRSA, or methicillin-resistant S. aureus), the doctor may have to culture the pus to determine the correct drug to prescribe.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2015

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