Folliculitis is a skin disorder in which the hair follicles become infected or inflamed. This condition can occur anywhere on our skin. Though it is most common on the face, arms, legs, buttocks, and back. Folliculitis starts out as clusters of small white-headed pimples surrounding hair follicles which can turn into crusty sores if left untreated. The other symptoms of folliculitis include itchy and burning skin, large swollen bumps on the skin, and pus-filled blisters that break and crust when popped. Though the condition is not life-threatening, it can hinder everyday routine because of the itchy and sore skin. If left untreated, folliculitis can lead to permanent scarring and hair loss.
The most common cause of folliculitis is a Staphylococcus aureus (staph) infection. Staphylococci are bacteria that inhabit our skin. But one species of this bacteria, i.e., staph can cause skin conditions (such as folliculitis) and pimple outbreaks. The staph bacteria are immune to most antibiotics which is why folliculitis is not easy to treat. Dryness of the skin, high salt intake, increased acidity in the stomach, and a weakened immune system are the most common reasons for the growth and spread of the staph bacteria on our skins. Skin conditions such as dermatitis or acne can also cause Staphylococcus aureus infections. This is the reason why folliculitis is commonly observed in people who already have skin problems.
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