What is folliculitis? Folliculitis is inflammation of your hair follicles. A hair follicle is a sac under your skin. Your hair grows out of the follicle. Folliculitis is caused by bacteria or fungus, most commonly a germ called Staph. Folliculitis can occur anywhere you have hair.

What increases my risk for folliculitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of folliculitis?

How is folliculitis diagnosed? Your caregiver will examine your skin. Tell him how long you have had symptoms and if you have had folliculitis in the past. Also tell your caregiver if you have had other bacterial skin infections in the past.

How is folliculitis treated? Your folliculitis may heal on its own without treatment. If your folliculitis is severe or is not healing, you may need treatment.

What are the risks of folliculitis? If you have a severe infection, you may have scarring on your skin after it heals. Folliculitis may return, even after you are treated. Your hair follicles may be damaged and cause permanent hair loss.

How can I manage folliculitis?

How can I prevent folliculitis?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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