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What is folliculitis? What are folliculitis symptoms and signs? What does folliculitis look like?

Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting hair follicles. It appears as a small red tender bump occasionally surmounted with dot of pus surrounding a hair. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicle. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair is present. Actually, acne vulgaris, the facial rash that teenagers develop, is a type of folliculitis.

Depending on the cause and severity of folliculitis, it may require no treatment and resolve spontaneously, or it may require treatment with powerful antibiotics or other drugs.

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Comment from: hemant, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I have suffered from this infection from around 1.5 years back. Initially I thought it was dandruff caused by change in my shampoo but later I visited my dermatologist and she prescribed my with 2 pills of 100 mg Doxil, one after breakfast and another after dinner plus Xevor 5 mg after dinner with vitamin A tablet daily for fifteen days . It worked for me. Cetralik mild shampoo was also advised twice a week.

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Comment from: Phil M, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

I had folliculitis for about 18 months. I've been seeing doctors and dermatologists, who prescribed me cortisone, antibiotics and different lotions. All were temporary solutions. I found out myself that instead of trying to nuke it with these medicines, I went the other way and tried to soup up my immune system. I used vitamin A tablets and zinc tablets, as well as garlic and echinacea. I also rubbed vitamin E cream on my skin and Sudocrem (high zinc nappy rash cream) and this method finally beat it. Hope it helps someone else.

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