Folliculitis - Diagnosis

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How is folliculitis diagnosed?

The diagnosis of folliculitis is generally based on the appearance of the skin. In some situations, a microbial culture of the pus will help to detect an infectious cause. It may be necessary to pull out some of the affected hairs and examine these microscopically using potassium hydroxide in order to detect fungal infections. Occasionally, a small skin biopsy may be used to help the doctor confirm the diagnosis. Infectious causes include bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Usually, no specific blood tests are needed in the diagnosis of common folliculitis.

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Comment from: mommy_03, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had my 3rd child about nine years ago, and one day I seen that I had a red bump on my tummy. So called the doctor and made an appointment to see her, so told me I had Folliculitis which I didn't know what the hell was talking about. So she told me to use this soap and I'll be fine, but guess what it came back. So the next step was pills and it never worked either. I wish they could find something to help because it's nasty and if you even try to pop it hurts like hell.

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Comment from: Granny8, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I was hospitalized and on a ventilator 8 weeks earlier this year. As a result, I have a tracheostomy and it is infected with pseudomonas. We have been treating it with different antibiotics with flares. Three days now, I have had a rash on upper chest, upper to mid back sides, and lower legs. And I'm really sore around my neck where I must wear a tracheostomy collar. Nurse practitioner diagnosed folliculitis.

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