May 6, 2016

Folliculitis

Folliculitis facts

  • Folliculitis is a very common, benign skin disorder that appears as pinpoint red bumps, each one involving a hair follicle, occasionally with a small dot of pus at the top.
  • Folliculitis affects people of all ages, from babies to seniors.
  • The numerous smooth little tender red bumps involve the hair follicles commonly on the face, scalp, chest, back, buttocks, and legs.
  • Folliculitis is often seen in otherwise healthy people; it's easily curable in most cases, and frequently clears on its own without treatment although it may require ongoing maintenance therapy.
  • Antibacterial over-the-counter medications containing benzoyl peroxide are often used to treat folliculitis, but resistant cases may need antibiotic pills to clear the skin.
  • Good skin hygiene and proper shaving techniques have been shown to prevent folliculitis. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 2/23/2016