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Folliculitis is a general term used for inflammation of the hair follicles. This usually presents as tender red bumps overlying hair follicles with a pustule on the surface. Folliculitis may be superficial or deep and can occur on any hair-bearing area of the body including the scalp, face, arms, legs, chest, back, buttocks, and groin.

Did you know…
that acne is a form of folliculitis?

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes folliculitis?

The most common causes of folliculitis are infectious causes such as bacteria, yeast, and fungi. Other causes include occlusion or occlusive substances, contact with certain chemicals, and sometimes even shaving or other methods of hair removal.

How is folliculitis diagnosed?

Folliculitis can be diagnosed by your dermatologist. The doctor will ask questions regarding your skin care routine and exposures and examine your skin to determine the cause of the folliculitis. The examination will also determine the depth of the infection. If necessary, a swab of the area can be performed for culture to determine the infectious agent.

What are the treatment options?

Treatment will depend on the type, depth, and severity of the folliculitis. Mild forms are often treated with topical ointments or creams. Deeper or more severe cases are usually treated with oral pills. For deeper infections, in-office drainage of the lesion may be necessary.

The Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery team can help you combat folliculitis. Call or schedule online.

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At Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional dermatological care to the Greater Houston community. With a team of dedicated physicians, including dermatologists, dermatopathologists, Mohs surgeons, and plastic surgeons, we offer comprehensive services to address a wide range of skin conditions and concerns.

Founded on the principles of compassion, innovation, and expertise, we are committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each patient's unique needs. Our team of board-certified physicians brings together a wealth of experience and specialization in various aspects of dermatology, ensuring that our patients receive the highest standard of care possible.