Folliculitis: Top 5 Symptoms

Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 03:19 PM

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What is Folliculitis?
Folliculitis is a common skin condition that manifests itself as numerous small red or pink bumps at the site of the hair follicule. Folliculitis is the infection of hair follicles. It causes a "chicken skin" appearance on the skin. Folliculitis can affect any part of the skin, including skin on the chest, back, arms, legs, buttocks, and cheeks.

Hot tub folliculitis typically appears about 72 hours after you have been in a hot tub or spa. Many small pustules appear on your torso and sometimes on your arms and legs. You may have a mild fever and feel ill. This type of folliculitis usually goes away on its own within ten days. Hot tub folliculitis rarely requires treatment.

Symptoms
Folliculitis symptoms vary depending upon the type of infection. These are the top five symptoms of folliculitis to watch out for:

1. Pain. If you have folliculitis, you may experience scalp pain. This happens because bacteria attack your hair follicles or fungi make them swell and turn them into full-blown folliculitis.
2. Erythema is an inflammation and redness of the skin. Before the formation of pustules and the appearance of pus, the affected skin changes color.
3. Edema is a symptom of folliculitis. It is a skin condition that manifests itself with the accumulation of liquid right under the upper epidermal stratus. It forms small but obvious bags all over your body. Due to the formation of pus under your skin, the hair follicle gets larger and larger. It ends up looking like a small bag under your skin.
4. Rashes are another symptom of folliculitis. Rashes appear everywhere — from your scalp to your inner thighs, your armpits, and even your buttocks. Do not scratch the skin and break the little bags of pus. If you break the bags, the pathogenic bacteria or fungi will spread like wildfire and infect other areas.
5. Fever and exhaustion are other symptoms associated with folliculitis. When folliculitis has been left untreated for a long period, bacteria and fungi can penetrate hair follicles completely. It can reach the bloodstream and turn an innocent skin condition into a systemic infection.



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