Folliculitis is inflammation around the hair follicles on the scalp, beard area or the body
Folliculitis is caused by bacterial infection, a fungal infection, inflammation or ingrown hairs
Treatment options include antibacterial agents, anti-fungal agents or anti-inflammatory treatments
Where staphylococcus aureus is identified, an ointment for the nostrils may be prescribed
What causes Folliculitis?
What are the symptoms of Folliculitis?
The signs of Folliculitis include redness around the hair follicles, flaking or pustules. These areas may feel painful or itchy or sore.
We may see a red swelling around the base of the hair, and the follicle may be clogged, and sealed over as a pustule
When in the beard region, raised spots or pustules could be cut by a razor, causing bleeding and spread infection to other hair follicles in the nearby area.
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How does a Dermatologist diagnose Folliculitis?
A Dermatologist will examine your skin and review your medical history. They may take a swab of the affected area for analysis.
How do you treat Folliculitis?
When treated Folliculitis it is important to identify if the cause is bacterial, fungal or mechanical, such as ingrown hairs. Often a swab is taken to identify any pathogenic bacteria.
Treatment options include antibacterial agents, anti-fungal agents or anti-inflammatory treatments. We may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to be applied inside the nostrils to address any harbouring Staphylococcus aureus.