What is folliculitis?
Folliculitis is burned condition that affects hair follicles. Usually tiny red tend bump with dots of pus around the hairs occurs. Earlier lesions in which pus is lost become red bumps that emerge around the follicle opening. This condition can affect several hundreds of follicles. Usually acne vulgaris, facial rashes that commonly occur in teenagers are a type of folliculitis.
Depending on the reasons and brutality of folliculitis, a person may not need any treatment and they may settle spontaneously or you may need to seek expert advice with strong antibiotics or other drugs. The highly affected areas are a beard, arms, back, buttocks and legs.
Causes of folliculitis?
- It can be caused by bacteria and also by yeast and other types of fungus.
- Infection in hair follicles by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus.
- Virus attack
- Inflammation from undeveloped hairs.
- Friction due to shaving or tight cloths
- Heat and sweat for example caused by wearing rubber gloves
- Specific skin conditions for example acne and dermatitis
- Skin injuries for example scrapes and surgical wounds
- Skin covering such as plastic dressing
Symptoms of folliculitis?
- Aggregation of tiny red bumps or white headed pimples that area created around hair follicles
- Blisters filled of pus that open up and make a crust
- Red and burnt skin
- Itchy skin
- Sensitivity or pain
- Big swollen bump
Diagnosis & treatment of folliculitis?
Visit your physician who can refer you a skin problems specialist. Get ready by following these factors:
- Note the symptoms, your are facing including those too that are not associated with your skin condition
- Medicines, vitamins and supplements that you are taking
- Personal information such as major stress or mental stress.
The diagnosis normally depends on your skin appearance. A microbial culture of the pus helps to find the cause of infection. It may be essential to remove some affected hairs and evaluate them microscopically to find any fungal infection.
In rare cases skin biopsy is performed to prevent any other conditions.
The treatment offered by your physician is based on the type and rigorousness of your condition. Creams or pills may be recommended as antibiotics. Shampoos or pills are given for infections caused by yeast such as pityrosporum folliculitis. The use of pills and creams also help in relieving inflammation. If you are suffering from severe condition, oral corticosteroids may be prescribed. However in case of mild eosinophilic folliculitis, your physician may prescribe a steroid cream.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes
- Dry out your rubber gloves frequently during the use such as turn their inside out, clean with soap and water and dry completely
- Men who experience barber’s itch, growing beard can be a good option, if beard is not a problem for you.
- Use an electric razer, sharp blade whenever you need to shave.
- Wash your skin with hot water and a mild facial cleanser.