What are most common signs and symptoms of chronic scalp folliculitis.
Folliculitis is an irritating little condition that leaves little red and pink bumps on your skin. Sometimes they get little heads on them so they look like acne. They can affect any part of your skin that has hair, and given the fact that most humans are covered with hair from head to toe; there are few places it cannot occur.
It is most commonly referred to as Folliculitis when it appears as a rash. There are some people who get it after being in a hot tub for a long time. If the water has bacteria in it and there is not enough chlorine, then the water causes Folliculitis in two ways. The first way is through the open pores and follicles allowing bacteria in because they have relaxed. The other way is through the germs and bacteria being pressed and pushed into the pores and hair follicles of the people in the hot tub. Some people can get a fever and feel quite ill up to 72 hours after being in the hot tub. In most cases the Folliculitis needs no treatment.
There are a few symptoms of Folliculitis that you should look out for. The first is pain. The pain will be localized around the Folliculitis rash, or will start off being uncomfortable and itchy, before turning painful. The pain occurs as the fungus or a bacterium grows in your hair follicles. The itching tends to happen as the body tries to heal around the wounds that the bacteria are causing.
You will probably experience erythema. This is where the skin experiences redness and inflammation. Folliculitis is a swelling of the hair follicles. Erythema comes along when the surrounding skin starts to become infected and swell. Erythema also happens when the Folliculitis sufferer keeps scratching the affected area because it is itchy. Sometimes the sufferer scratching brings on skin edema. Skin edema is a collection of fluid under your skin. It starts to look like there is a bag of fluid under the skin, which will start to sag as the skin stretches to accommodate the pressure beneath. Sometimes this occurs because the skin irritation and your scratching causes the juices under the skin to congregate around the affected follicles. This juice collects together and causes the skin to sag. In other (and more distressing) cases, the juice under the skin is actually puss. The puss is collecting under your skin through being fed by the infected hair follicles.
A rash is the most common symptom of Folliculitis, but the rash gives little indication of the severity of the situation. There may be a small rash covering a lot of deeper problems or a bigger rash that is just itching to spread around the body. In many cases the rash brings little pustules (zits) which are packed full of the bacteria that are causing the problem. You will inevitable break them and the bacteria will spread around and cause more problems. Many people also experience fever or exhaustion as a result of Folliculitis. This is an indication that the bacteria is trying to make its home in the sufferers blood stream.