FOLLICULITIS

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April 30, 2017 at 8:36 am  •  Posted in FOLLICULITIS by  •  0 Comments

FOLLICULITIS

Folliculitis is an inflammation of one or more hair follicles. A hair follicle is a sheath of connective tissue and cells around each hair. This inflammation can occur on any part of the body which has hair follicles, including the scalp.

Symptoms

The symptoms that folliculitis produces are the following:

  • Rash and redness of the follicles and the area around
  • Itching of the skin
  • Burning sensation around the rashes
  • Pustules or pimples around a hair follicle or more. If is often confused with chicken pox

In a certain variety, these symptoms might be accompanied by fever, diarrhoea and stomach aches.

Causes

It is an inflammation usually caused by a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. It can also be caused by damaged hair follicles during shaving or an accumulation of dust, sweat etc clogging the follicles. Wearing tight clothes which rub on a damaged hair follicle can also inflame it. Long hours of wearing makeup can block the pores leading to folliculitis. Ingrown hair caused by shaving or otherwise can develop folliculitis as well. Diseases like diabetes, HIV, autoimmune diseases etc can reduce the immunity and increase the chance of inflamed follicles.

There is another kind of folliculitis that develops from being in unclean swimming pools and hot tubs without proper chlorine treatment. These rashes develop mostly on the stomach and sometimes the limbs. It is also accompanied by fever and stomach issues.

Risk Factor

It is a fairly benign disease with no risk. However people with levels of poor hygiene run the risk of folliculitis turning into a bad skin infection, which can cause skin lesions and other severe symptoms. The infection, if untreated, along with poor hygienic conditions, can infect open wounds in the adjoining areas as well.

Treatment

Folliculitis usually clears away by i

tself as the course of the infection runs, resolving itself spontaneously. However depending on the severity of the infection, it can require medical attention. Topical antiseptics and antibiotics may bring quicker relief. Oral antibiotics might also be needed if the infection is severe. In case of fungal folliculitis, antibiotics can worsen it and hence these require topical and oral anti-fungal treatment.

Folliculitis is a low risk inflammation which usually does not require treatment. One can reduce the risk of it by avoiding tight or course clothes in heat and after shaving

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