Acute Dandruff With Folliculitis
What is Folliculitis?
Folliculitis is known as a common skin condition which causes inflamed hair follicles, and it is caused by fungal or bacterial infection. It appears like a pimple or red bump on your hair follicles.
What is hair follicles?
Follicles are small cells and connective tissue that surrounds the root of a hair, a small secretory cavity, sac, or gland. A tiny pockets where the hair grow from.
These infection can quickly spread and can become difficult to heal. It is not known to be life-threatening but can cause hair loss, scarring, itchy, sore and disgusting for severe ones. If it is turning to be something serious, then you should see your doctor, if not then you can resort to some basic skin care methods.
Causes of folliculitis
- Acne or dermatitis
- Shaving by men with curly hair
- Unmaintained hot tub
- Infection of the hair follicle with staphylococcus bacteria
- Ingrown hair Inflammation
- A medical condition such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, chronic leukemia that reduces the body resistance to infection
- Medications such as steroid creams
- Acne antibiotic therapy
- Rubber gloves or high boots cloths which trap heat and sweat
- Wearing tight clothes
- Shaving or waxing that can damage hair follicles
Types of folliculitis
There is the superficial folliculitis
This is not the worst type as only part of the follicles is involved, and it inlcudes
- The bacterial folliculitis – This is caused by a bacterial infection known as Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and can enter into the body through cut wounds. Generally, Staphylococcus also live in the skin, but made worse by external bodies and the common signs are white itchy pus-filled bumps.
- The hot tub folliculitis – This is caused by a bacterial infection known as Pseudomonas bacteria, and can be found in places where chlorine and pH levels are not regulated like hot tubs and pools (heated). The common signs are itchy round red rash bumps.
- The razor bumps folliculitis – This is caused by ingrown hair which causes skin irritation and mostly appear on the the face or neck.
- Pityrosporum folliculitis – This is caused by yeast infection and affects the shoulders, neck, face or upper arms. The common signs are a red itchy chronic pustules.
- There is also the deep folliculitis
There is also deep folliculitis
This is a more serious type and includes
- Sycosis barbae – This is a chronic infection of the bearded area or the chin, caused by deep folliculitis infection of hair follicles.
- Gram-negative folliculitis
- Boil and carbuncles – This appears as a cluster of boils due to deep staph bacteria infection.
- Eosinophilic – This causes intense itching and recuring bump patches near hair follicles and usually affects those with HIV/AIDS.
Symptoms of folliculitis
- Burning skin
- Painful tender skin
- Swollen bumps
- Pus filled blisters
- Small red bumps or white head pimples
Areas not affected by folliculitis
- Mucous membranes
Is folliculitis contagious?
Prevention of folliculitis
- See your doctor if you notice any bumps or severe itching bumps
- Avoid wearing tight clothes
- Always rinse and dry your rubber gloves after use
- Avoid shaving if you are having razor bumps
- Don’t shave all the time and wash skin with warm water
- Wash skin with antibacterial soap before and after shaving
- Apply shaving lotion before shaving
- Shave in the hair growth direction
- Do not stretch the skin while shaving
- Do not shave too close
- Use an electric razor or guarded blade
- USe sharp blades while shaving
- Rinsing blades with warm water after each use
- Use a moisturizing lotion after shaving
- Do not share blades with anyone
- Do not share towels
- Do not share washcloths
- Try to use hair-removing products (not always, but just for a try and see what works for you)
- Always clean hot tubs or heated pools before use
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What does a folliculitis look like?
Should you pop folliculitis bumps?
From my knowledge, you shouldnt pop folliculitis bumps because this can cause it to spread. Its best to start treating it once you notice it, it should dry out with proper treatment from your doctor or over the counter treatment. What ever you do, do not pop folliculitis bumps.
How long does it take for folliculitis to go away?
Minor folliculitis infections can take up to 5 days to clear without treatment, deep folliculitis caused by a bacteria or yeast infection of the skin can take longer to heal. It usually leave scars behind.