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What is folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a common skin condition in which hair follicles (the tiny pockets from which hair grows) become inflamed. It is usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. At first the condition may look like small red bumps or white-headed pimples around the hair follicles. It can develop into pus-filled blisters that break open and crust over, or appear as a red and swollen bump.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. A follicle is a tiny gland in the skin that produces an individual hair. Folliculitis is caused by bacteria and can make the skin itchy and, in severe cases, painful. Having rosacea may make a person more likely to develop folliculitis. The problem sometimes goes away on its own, but see a doctor if you develop persistent itchy skin. He or she can prescribe an antibiotic medication to clear up the infection that causes folliculitis. 

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