Corporate Health & Wellness Specialist – PrognoHealth


Folliculitis is an inflammation of one or more hair follicles in which tiny pus-filled spots develop at the base of a hair. It’s usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection The infection can spread and turn into non-healing, crusty sores.
Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the skin and is a common problem, usually not serious. It generally occurs at sites where hair follicles are damaged by friction or shaving or where there is a blockage of the follicle. Excess sweating can be another cause. Sometimes a specific face cream can trigger it. Folliculitis most commonly occurs in the beard area of males. Other common sites are the arms, legs, armpits, and buttocks.


• Clusters of small red bumps or white-headed pimples that develop around the hair follicles.
• Pus-filled blisters that break open and crust over
• Red and inflamed skin
• Itchy or burning skin

Basic self-care measures

• Apply a warm cloth or compress. If required moisten the compress with a saltwater solution.
• Clean the affected skin and gently wash twice a day. Use a clean cloth and towel each time.
• Avoid wearing tight clothes to reduce friction between the skin and clothing
• While shaving use an electric razor or a clean, sharp blade each time, wash the skin with warm water, and apply lotion afterwards.
• Avoid sharing towels and other personal items. Use a clean towel each time you bathe.
• Avoid applying oil on the skin. Oil can trap bacteria in the pores of the skin and can cause folliculitis.

Consult the doctor if the condition is widespread or the signs and symptoms don’t go away after a few days.

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