Table of Contents
- 1 What problems can folliculitis cause?
- 2 What body system does folliculitis affect?
- 3 What kills folliculitis?
- 4 Why is my folliculitis not going away?
- 5 Can folliculitis turn into sepsis?
- 6 Should I pop folliculitis bumps?
- 7 What are the risks and complications of folliculitis?
- 8 What causes inflammation of the follicles on the scalp?
What problems can folliculitis cause?
Possible complications of folliculitis include:
- Recurrent or spreading infection.
- Boils under the skin (furunculosis)
- Permanent skin damage, such as scarring or dark spots.
- Destruction of hair follicles and permanent hair loss.
What body system does folliculitis affect?
While folliculitis may appear on any area of the body (except the lips, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet), it most commonly affects the arms, legs, buttocks, genitals, chest, back, head, and face. The condition presents as small red bumps which may have a white, pus-filled tip.
What part of the body is most affected by folliculitis?
Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles. Each hair on your body grows out of a tiny pouch called a follicle. You can have folliculitis on any part of your body that has hair. But it is most common on the beard area, arms, back, buttocks, and legs.
How bad can folliculitis get?
Mild and moderate cases of folliculitis usually clear quickly with treatment and leave no scars. However, more severe cases of folliculitis may lead to complications, such as cellulitis (an infection of the deeper skin tissue), scarring, or permanent hair loss.
What kills folliculitis?
Doctors can treat severe folliculitis with a prescription-strength antifungal or antibiotic ointment. They can also prescribe a medicated shampoo that relieves itching, and helps kill infectious microbes. Eosinophilic folliculitis may become a chronic, but mild condition.
Why is my folliculitis not going away?
If your folliculitis doesn’t improve or worsens after a few days of using home remedies, make an appointment to see your doctor. Other signs that you need medical attention include painful red skin and fever. Also see your doctor if shaving is causing your folliculitis but you’re unable to stop shaving, like for work.
Can you have folliculitis for years?
Folliculitis can be a mild, short-lived condition or a severe long-term problem that can literally take over your life. Unfortunately, this variation in severity can lead to the notion that it is nothing more than a passing inconvenience. This can be very frustrating if you have the more persistent form.
What happens if folliculitis doesn’t go away?
If folliculitis goes untreated it may result in serious or deep infections that may spread or cause permanent scarring, cellulitis, or even enter the bloodstream and become life-threatening. Each hair on your body grows out of a pocket in your skin called a follicle.
Can folliculitis turn into sepsis?
What is folliculitis? If folliculitis goes untreated it may result in serious or deep infections that may spread or cause permanent scarring, cellulitis, or even enter the bloodstream and become life-threatening.
Should I pop folliculitis bumps?
Don’t cut, poke, or squeeze the sores. This can be painful and spread infection. Don’t scratch the affected area. Scratching can delay healing.
Will my folliculitis ever go away?
Folliculitis is usually minor and goes away on its own without treatment. If you have skin irritation that’s accompanied by a fever, spreading rash, or pus-filled and smelly bumps, seek medical help.
Can folliculitis last for years?
What are the risks and complications of folliculitis?
Possible complications of folliculitis include: 1 Recurrent or spreading infection 2 Boils under the skin (furunculosis) 3 Permanent skin damage, such as scarring or dark spots 4 Destruction of hair follicles and permanent hair loss
What causes inflammation of the follicles on the scalp?
Folliculitis may also be caused by viruses, fungi and even an inflammation from ingrown hairs. Follicles are densest on your scalp, and they occur everywhere on your body except your palms, soles, lips and mucous membranes. Anyone can develop folliculitis.
What causes hair follicles to become infected with staph?
It occurs when hair follicles become infected with bacteria, usually Staphylococcus aureus (staph). Staph bacteria live on the skin all the time. But they generally cause problems only when they enter your body through a cut or other wound. Hot tub folliculitis (pseudomonas folliculitis).
What are the different types of carbuncles and folliculitis?
A carbuncle is a cluster of boils. Eosinophilic (e-o-sin-o-FILL-ik) folliculitis. This type mainly affects people with HIV/AIDS. Signs and symptoms include intense itching and recurring patches of bumps and pimples that form near hair follicles of the face and upper body.