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Folliculitis (cont.)

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What are possible complications of folliculitis?

Complications are infrequent since folliculitis is usually a self-limited skin condition. Rarely, the infected bumps may enlarge, causing an abscess (furuncles or carbuncles) or painful cysts requiring minor surgical drainage. Deeper or more extensive skin infections called cellulitis can be a rare complication.

Another potential complication includes temporary skin discoloration called post-inflammatory hypopigmentation (lighter than the regular skin color) or hyperpigmentation (darker then the regular skin color). This altered skin color may occur after the inflamed red bumps have improved or after a temporary flare.

Permanent scarring is uncommon but may occur from picking, overly aggressive scrubbing, or other deep inflammation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/27/2014

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