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Folliculitis


Picture of a healthy hair follicle and an infected hair follicle

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles, which are the small pouches in the skin from which hairs grow. Folliculitis can develop on any part of the body that has hair. But it is most common on the face, scalp, and areas rubbed by clothing, such as the thighs and groin.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAlexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last RevisedMay 25, 2011

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