Folliculitis in Southern California

 
 
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What is folliculitis?
Folliculitis is an infection in the hair follicles and can occur in any place where you have hair. Every piece of hair on your body grows out of a tiny pouch called a follicle. Folliculitis is when those pouches get infected and most often occur in the face and scalp and areas rubbed by clothing, like the thighs, knees and groin areas.
 
 
What causes folliculitis?
Folliculitis is usually caused by bacteria, but it can also can be caused by yeast or another type of fungus. Some ways that you can get folliculitis include if you have damaged hair follicles,by shaving or wearing clothes that rub the skin and can irritate the follicles. Another common reason for the onset of folliculitis happens when they become blocked or irritated by sweat, machine oils, or makeup.

You are more likely to get folliculitis if you:
  • Use a hot tub, whirlpool, or swimming pool that is not properly treated with chlorine
  • Wear tight clothes
  • Have an infected cut, scrape, or surgical wound
  • Use antibiotics or steroid creams for long periods
  • Use or work with substances that can irritate or block the follicles, i.e. makeup, cocoa butter and motor oil
  • Have certain conditions like diabetes or HIV which tend to lower your ability to fight infection
 
 
 
What are the symptoms?
Folliculitis usually looks like red pimples with a hair in the center of each one. The pimples may have pus in them and itch or burn. When the pimples break open, they may drain pus, blood, or both.
In about 72 hours after you have been in a hot tub, you may experience "Hot tub folliculitis" – this where many small pimples appear on your stomach and sometimes on your arms and legs. You may also have a mild fever and an upset stomach, this kind of folliculitis usually goes away on its own in 7 to 10 days.
 
 
 
How is folliculitis diagnosed?
Call Us! At Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists, our dermatology experts will check your skin and ask about your health issues and the activities you have experienced during a recent time. We may do tests to find out what is causing your folliculitis and to make sure you don't have a different problem like heat rash as an example. Testing a sample of the fluid in the pimples or a sample of tissue can help our doctors learn what is causing the infection.
 
 
 
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists offers many procedures and therapies for the treatment of Folliculitis. Call us and schedule an appointment to have one of our skin care specialists look at your individual situation and develop a plan for the diagnosis & treatment of this condition.

The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
 
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