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Folliculitis Types and Causes - Folliculitis Treatment

Folliculitis has many common term names and usages that tend to disregard the disease as easy going or manageable, but on the contrary it is a rather painful and embarrassing skin condition. Some of the common names include hot tub folliculitis and barber's itch but the condition is far from being a laughing matter.

Advanced cases of this skin condition can stimulate lasting loss of hair and pitting on the skin while even a mild attack of folliculitis is highly uneasy and awkward. Folliculitis begins as tiny white-headed boils close to one or more group of cells containing a cavity and surrounding the hair. The follicles as they are otherwise known as start to itch once these little pimples like formations appear.

Sometimes they tend to go away on their own, but if the skin condition persists, these white headed pimples become bigger and painful. If the infection does not clear up within a few days, the deep and reoccurring folliculitis needs therapy to treat it. Deep folliculitis begins below the outer layer of the skin that surrounds the hair follicle and starts to affect the full and intact hair follicle.

Superficial folliculitis types of folliculitis include Staph folliculitis, Pseudomonas folliculitis, Tinea barbae, Pseudofolliculitis barbae, Pityrosporum folliculitis and Herpetic folliculitis. On the other hand the types of deep folliculitis are Gram-negative folliculitis, Boils and carbuncles, and Eosinophilic folliculitis.

Every hair follicle is connected to a tiny muscle. During moments of high emotion the tiny the muscle constricts, causing the hair around it to rise above the surface of the skin thus causing the look and feel of goose bumps. Right over these small tiny muscles are the sebaceous glands that develop an oily substance known as sebum.

Folliculitis Infection - How to cure various types of Folliculitis?

Sebum is known to have lubricating properties that helps the skin and helps to coat every hair shaft. Sebum is channeled to the hair follicles and the skin surrounding the muscles with the help of tiny ducts. When these hair follicles are injured through a previous skin infection or through an injury or they may be further harmed by viruses, bacteria or fungus, extending to transmissions such as folliculitis. Depending upon the type and case of folliculitis treatment is meted out.

With mild folliculitis  it is often goes away on its own, In advanced cases, doctors prescribe antibiotics and antifungal medications to try and bring down the severity of the condition. a simple examination is enough to surmise the problem and if necessary the doctor may need to take out the fluid contents of the folliculitis for further evaluation and the presence of bacteria.