Folliculitis is a common skin condition characterized by the inflammation of hair follicles. It occurs when bacteria, fungi, or viruses infect hair follicles, leading to small red bumps, pustules, or pimples. Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body where hair is present, including the scalp, face, neck, chest, back, and buttocks. Common causes of folliculitis include bacterial or fungal overgrowth, friction from tight clothing or shaving, compromised immune system, and exposure to hot tubs or pools with inadequate chlorine levels. Symptoms may include itching, tenderness, and pain around the affected follicles. Treatment for folliculitis depends on the underlying cause and severity and may include topical or oral antibiotics, antifungal medications, warm compresses, and good hygiene practices. In more severe cases, drainage of abscesses or other procedures may be necessary. It is recommended to consult with a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment of folliculitis.
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