What is Folliculitis?
Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicle. It is a common condition of the skin, and it can occur on any hair bearing part of the body at any age.
Typically it appears as an eruption of skin that surrounds a hair or hair pore. Many red, sore bumps or pus bumps are seen. Frequently a hair is seen coming out of the center of an individual bump. Any part of the skin can be involved except for the palms and soles.
What causes Folliculitis?
Folliculitis is commonly caused by hair removal processes such as waxing, shaving and Epilation. Additionally, Folliculitis can begin when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing. The damaged follicle then becomes infected with bacteria, which results in inflammation of the skin. Common areas for shaving that can result in a Folliculitis are, legs, arms, armpits and pubic area. Shave bumps on the face are considered a different condition – Pseudofolliculitis but has a similar symptoms.
Is Folliculitis dangerous?
For the typical healthy person Folliculitis is a harmless condition, it does not involve internal organs. However it is extremely uncomfortable and can be embarrassing if occurs in the visible areas. It is recommended to treat Folliculitis as soon as possible as it is a serious condition. Bacterial folliculitis can become more widespread or develop into a more severe infection and may scar.
Can it be cured?
This depends on the cause. Generally Laser Hair Removal treatment can clear and control the condition. The laser beam emitted from the Candela GentleLase travels down to the infected follicle and destroys the bacteria that causes folliculitis. Attempt to eliminate external aggravating factors. Recurrence of Folliculitis is frequent and repeat Laser Hair Removal treatment is a must.
Is Folliculitis contagious?
Not usually, but some forms of bacterial Folliculitis are mildly contagious. Skin to skin contact with others should be avoided until the infection has cleared.
Will it spread?
Laser Hair Removal treatment will prevent the spread and will ensure smooth and clear skin. Be sure to keep up with home care that was recommended by your laser therapist.
Please contact City Laser Clinic for your laser consultation on (02) 9232 8090.