One of the commonest skin conditions – folliculitis where a hair follicle gets inflamed or infection. Folliculitis gets represented as small, red, itchy, pus-filled bumps or pimples which may be painful. It can occur anywhere in the body where hair is present. It is commonly seen in the scalp, face, neck, chest, back, and thigh.

The healthcare providers decide upon the treatment and recommendation depending upon the cause, severity and lifestyle of the patient.


Folliculitis can be treated in following manner –

  • Antibacterial or antifungal medication is prescribed for folliculitis caused by bacteria or fungi respectively.
  • Topical steroids are prescribed to control the inflammation. Sometimes, it is prescribed along with antibacterial or anti-fungal depending upon the severity and cause.
  • Light or laser therapy can be considered to destroy the causative agent – bacetria or fungi
  • Warm compress treatment of the affected area relieves the discomfort and promotes healing.
  • Avoiding irritant factors like certain hair products, tight clothing, cosmetics which can trigger the folliculitis episode.
  • Good hygienic practices like –

– Regular bathing and washing the skin with mild medicated soap

– Avoiding sharing of clothes and common personal items

– Regular washing or dry cleaning of clothes


Frequently Asked Questions

Folliculitis is caused by –

  • Infection – bacteria/fungi
  • Acne/eczema/dermatitis
  • Irritation from shaving/clothing

Folliculitis symptoms are as below –

  • Red bumps or pimples around the hair follicles
  • Itchiness
  • Pain or tenderness in the bump area

In severe cases, blisters or boils filled with pus

A. Yes. Folliculitis caused by bacteria or fungi can spread to other parts of the skin and is capable of spreading to another person if personal hygiene is not maintained.

A. Usually, folliculitis is diagnosed by physical examination of the affected skin area. Laboratory tests are conducted with skin samples to confirm it or only if needed.

Yes. Folliculitis can be prevented by implementing the following steps –

  • Hygienic living style
  • Avoid sharing of personal belongings like shaving kit, towel, clothes, comb, etc.
  • Completing the treatment course

A. Depending upon the cause of the folliculitis, the healthcare provider recommends the treatment. It may include topical treatment of anti-biotic or anti-fungal medications with steroids, laser or light therapy, and warm compress.

A. Yes. Most of the folliculitis cases are curable with proper diagnosis and treatment. It may recur in case, personal care has been neglected.

A. No. Folliculitis does not have any complications. In very rare incidences, it can cause cellulitis, a type of skin infection. It may need medical attention if present for a long duration or causing pain & discomfort.