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Recurrent Folliculitis

Treatment at Auro Skin Clinic

Understanding Recurrent Folliculitis

  • Recurrent folliculitis is a skin condition characterized by the repeated inflammation of hair follicles, often resulting in the formation of pustules or papules. It can be a persistent and bothersome condition.

Common Causes of Recurrent Folliculitis

Recurrent folliculitis can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Bacterial Infections: Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacteria responsible for folliculitis.

  • Fungal Infections: Yeast or other fungi can infect hair follicles.

  • Ingrown Hairs: Improper shaving or hair removal methods can lead to ingrown hairs and subsequent inflammation.

  • Hot Tubs and Pools: Exposure to contaminated water can contribute to folliculitis.

  • Immune System Disorders: Conditions that weaken the immune system may increase the risk.

Symptoms of Recurrent Folliculitis

  • Common symptoms include red, inflamed bumps or pustules around hair follicles, often accompanied by itching or tenderness.

Treatment Options

Treatment aims to eliminate the underlying cause and manage symptoms:

  • Topical Antibiotics: Applied directly to the affected areas to combat bacterial infection.

  • Oral Antibiotics: Prescribed for more severe or persistent cases.

  • Antifungal Medications: If the cause is fungal.

  • Corticosteroids: Topical or oral steroids may be used to reduce inflammation.

  • Proper Hygiene Practices: Regular cleansing and avoiding harsh soaps can help prevent recurrence.

Preventive Measures

Minimizing the risk of recurrent folliculitis involves:

  • Good Hygiene: Regular cleaning of the skin, especially after activities that may introduce bacteria.

  • Avoiding Hot Tubs and Pools: If possible, to reduce exposure to potential contaminants.

  • Gentle Hair Removal: Using proper techniques to prevent ingrown hairs.

  • Clean Clothing: Wearing clean, breathable clothing, and avoiding tight fabrics.

Dermatological Evaluation

  • If recurrent folliculitis persists or worsens, a dermatologist can provide a thorough evaluation, determine the underlying cause, and recommend appropriate treatment.

Lifestyle Considerations

  • Lifestyle factors, such as managing stress and maintaining a healthy immune system, can contribute to preventing recurrent folliculitis.

Recurrent folliculitis can be a challenging condition, but with the right treatment and preventive measures, it can often be managed effectively. Seeking professional guidance is crucial for a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.


The above clinical content is published by The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL) for circulation amongst patients for their education purposes.


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