Hair follicle inflammation or infection can result in folliculitis, a common skin condition. Although it can affect any area of the body where hair develops, the scalp, face, neck, chest, back, and groin area are the most frequently affected areas.
Infections with bacteria, viruses, or fungi, as well as irritation or injury to the hair follicles, are the usual causes of folliculitis. Small, red lumps or pustules may develop along with itchiness, burning, or pain.
The underlying cause and severity of the problem will determine the particular folliculitis treatment. Topical or oral antibiotics, antifungal, antiviral, or over-the-counter topical therapies like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide may be used to treat mild to moderate cases.
More radical treatment methods, including laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, or surgical excision of diseased or damaged hair follicles, may be advised in more severe or chronic situations.
To decide the best course of action for each unique instance and to create plans for preventing further folliculitis outbreaks, it is crucial to see a board-certified dermatologist. Folliculitis risk can be decreased by following good hygiene habits like keeping the skin dry and clean, not wearing tight-fitting clothing, and avoiding irritating products or chemicals.