is an infection of the hair follicle. A follicle is a tiny skin pocket in which a single hair grows out from.
This infection in the follicle occurs when the bacteria that is always present on our skin enters into the follicle.
Folliculitis symptoms include redness, raised bumps or itching along with a white, pus-filled top. Refer to the vast number of folliculitis photos on the web to see what this looks like.
Causes of Folliculitis
Bacterial folliculitis will usually occur in two forms:
1. Caused by bacteria staphylococcus
2. Pseudomonas folliculitis ~ Caused by pseudomonas bacteria
of the most common types of the condition, is the hot tub folliculitis
which is caused by the bacteria that thrive in unclean pools and hot
Types of folliculitis
Pityrosporum folliculitis that can occur due to the yeast known as
pityrosporum which infects your hair follicles and causes inflammation. (causes of yeast infections)
Pseudofolliculitis folliculitis that occurs due to waxing or wearing
tight clothing which leads to an in-growth of hair and causes
• A type of deep folliculitis, gram negative folliculitis, which basically occurs after acne has been treated using long-term antibiotics.
• Folliculitis decalvans or Quinquaud’s decalvans folliculitis, which is actually a form of scarring baldness or alopecia affecting the scalp.
• MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) folliculitis, which occurs to MRSA, a bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
• Eosinophilic folliculitis, which is a
form of the condition associated with patients diagnosed with the HIV
bacteria. Similarly, eosinophilic pustular folliculitis is when this
condition is accompanied by a formation of pustules as well.
• Herpetic folliculitis, which is a form of superficial folliculitis and happens when you accidentally scrape of a cold sore while shaving.
By Jasmin Pannu
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