Folliculitis is a common skin condition in dermatology characterized by the inflammation and infection of hair follicles. Folliculitis can affect any area of the body with hair, leading to red, swollen, and sometimes itchy or painful bumps or pustules. The condition can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-lasting), and it can occur due to various causes. Folliculitis can be caused by bacteria (most commonly Staphylococcus aureus), fungi, viruses, or ingrown hairs. Hot tub folliculitis, also known as pseudomonas folliculitis, can develop after exposure to contaminated water.

Factors that may increase the risk of developing folliculitis include excessive sweating, friction, shaving, tight clothing, compromised immune system, and preexisting skin conditions.If you suspect you have folliculitis, especially if the condition is persistent, widespread, painful, or associated with other concerning symptoms, it's essential to consult a dermatologist or healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

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