Folliculitis is a common complaint where the hair follicles of the sufferer swell up. This can lead to a number of different complaints. Just a single follicle swelling up is known as Folliculitis, but in most cases, the condition is more wide spread before it is called Folliculitis. One hair follicle swelling will often be put down to being a blemish/zit or just an ingrown hair. It is less likely to happen in places with less hair. Many men call the condition barbers rash when they get it on their face.

Superficial Folliculitis is less painful than deep Folliculitis, but can still cause a lot of problems that may just as easily turn chronic.

Infected Folliculitis is known as Staphylococcal Folliculitis and is the most common version. Having infected hair follicles is not a new thing and is very common, since it is the cause of acne/zits/blemishes. It is usually only referred to as Folliculitis when the infected hair follicles form a rash type of lesion. The Staphylococcus aureus bacteria enter the skin through irritated follicles or cuts and set up shop. They then cause bumps and spots on the skin. The most commonly seen version of this is known as barbers’ rash. When a lady shaves her legs or a gentleman shaves his face, the blade irrigates the hairs and opens up little gaps for the bacteria to sneak in.

Pityrosporum Folliculitis is caused by a fungus that enjoys greasy areas of the skin. It causes most of the acne problems seen on the face, neck, back and chest of teens, who are producing more oil in their skin through the hormones running riot in their body.

Pseudomonas Folliculitis occurs when bacteria clog up the hair follicle, causing it to swell up. In many cases this sort of rash occurs when the skin is compressed and bacteria are packed into a small areas. In hot tubs where the chorine level is low, the bacteria will be pressed and pushed into your pores and hair follicles. This causes them to swell up and cause a rash. A similar thing happens with bathing costumes that push and press against the same areas repeatedly. It causes a rash, which will often clear up quickly, only leaving a few zits and blemishes around the areas that were the worst affected.

Tinea Barbae Folliculitis is a swelling of the hair follicles that is caused by a fungus that gets into the hairs follicle. The fight between your immune system will then cause bumps and often puss to form. In cases where the fungus enters the blood stream the suffer may have a fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Herpetic Folliculitis as the name suggests is spread through the herpes virus. It then causes lesions and sores around the infected area.

Pseudo folliculitis barbae is often caused by shaving. It is when the hair is bent back on itself and starts to grow into the skin. This is also known as an ingrown hair. It is more common on areas that are frequently shaved can cause keloid scars in some cases.

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