Folliculitis is usually caused by staph bacteria or fungi. You can contract staph bacteria or fungi through body contact with someone who has an infection. You can moreover contract them through contact with contaminated personal products, such as soap, towels, or clothing used by someone with an infection. You can pick up bacteria or fungi at unclean pools or spas as well.
Other risk factors may enhance your chances of rising folliculitis, including:
- Having a weakened immune system
- Wearing tight clothing that irritates your skin
- Getting skin injuries, such as those caused by shaving
- Not showering after too much sweating
Folliculitis is usually minor and goes away on its own without Treatment of Folliculitis. If you’ve skin irritation that’s accompanied by a fever, spreading rash, or pus-filled and smelly bumps, seek medical help.
To treat acute folliculitis that’s severe or slow to heal, your doctor may suggest over-the-counter or prescription medications. For example, they may recommend:
- Oral or topical antibiotics or antifungal medications to treat the cause of your infection
- NSAIDs or antihistamines to relieve pain or itching
Constant folliculitis can be more difficult to treat. Antibiotics and other medications may not clear up chronic cases. If other treatment options fail, your doctor may suggest laser hair removal.
During treatment, you should abstain from removing hair by waxing, plucking and shaving. Allowing your hair to grow may help your follicles to heal. For chronic folliculitis, your medical doctor may advise you to permit your hair to grow for up to three months.