Folliculitis is a common condition that occurs when hair follicles on the skin become inflamed or infected. It can happen anywhere on the body where hair follicles are present, such as the face, neck, chest, back, arms, or legs.
- Skin folliculitis can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacterial or fungal infections, excessive oil production, or irritation from clothing or hair products. Symptoms of skin folliculitis include small, red bumps or pustules on the affected area.these may be itchy or tender to the touch. In severe cases, skin folliculitis can cause scarring or discolored patches of skin.
- Treatment for skin folliculitis depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Mild cases can often be treated with over-the-counter creams or ointments. More severe cases may require prescription-strength medications, such as antibiotics or antifungal agents.
- It is important to avoid scratching or picking at the affected area, as this can worsen the inflammation and increase the risk of infection. Additionally, using gentle skin care products and avoiding tight-fitting clothing can help to prevent further irritation.
- While skin folliculitis is a common condition, it is important to take appropriate steps to manage the condition and prevent it from worsening. This can include maintaining good hygiene practices, avoiding shaving the affected area, and keeping the skin dry and clean.
- It is important to note that while many cases of skin folliculitis can be effectively managed at home, it is always best to seek medical advice if symptoms persist or if they are causing significant discomfort or scarring.
- Dr Sharon Wong can provide a proper diagnosis and recommend an appropriate treatment plan based on your individual needs.
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