If you have ever had a breakout of any kind that is painful, swells, and causes a huge rash and maybe even boils, then you might just have Folliculitis. This is a nasty little skin disease that can leave you feeling bad about you and feeling like there is no cure. What is Folliculitis though? Why do some people get this horrible rash while others do not? There is an answer for all of these questions and after learning the answers you might be able to find a few ways to treat this and never have to deal with it again.
Folliculitis is a disease that occurs when the hair follicles get infected with staph (Staphylococcus) or other kinds of bacteria’s. They get into the hair follicles and clog them up causing skin breakout with different unpleasant things like rashes and so forth. The breakouts usually consist of small pimples with whiteheads that cluster around one of the hair follicles. When this happens to ten or more follicles, then you have a very painful skin rash that will make you hunt for a relief.
These follicles that are broke out or inflamed will often become itchy, painful, red and swollen, and irritated. If you are one of the lucky people, you will get Folliculitis it will be the superficial kind. This means that it will clear up on its own within a week or so and you will not have to worry about the painful aftermath of such a breakout. Deep Folliculitis is just the same thing only deeper in the skin and does not clear up nearly as quick. This usually requires treatment and takes a lot longer to clear up and go away.
Signs and symptoms of Folliculitis are easy to spot when you see them or they appear on your skin. Depending on whether you have superficial or deep Folliculitis these symptoms and signs may vary a bit. They will usually start out as small red and white clusters around the hair follicles, you will eventually get pus blisters that may or may not break open and if they do they might crust over like sores, your skin will be red, itchy, and painful to the touch, you could get boils, and last you will possibly have scarring where the rash appeared. These are some horrible sounding symptoms for anyone to have to endure.
What Types of Folliculitis are there?
There are seven types of Folliculitis and they are:
- staphylococcal Folliculitis
- Pseudomonas Folliculitis (which is also known as Hot Tub Folliculitis)
- Pseudofolliculitis barbae (barber shop or beard Felicities)
- Pityrosporum Folliculitis
- deep Folliculitis known as Sycosis barbae
- Eosinophilic Folliculitis, boils and carbuncles
The last two usually go together and can cause scarring but seem to be the most common kinds in most adults.
If you have a mild case of Folliculitis then it will possibly clear up on its own and you will not have to see a doctor at all but if you have a deep Folliculitis then you should see a doctor before the scarring begins. This can be an ugly disease that is hereditary if not controlled quickly.