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folliculitis

Folliculitis of the legs, public area and armpits

What is it?

Folliculitis is inflammation of the hair follicles

Symptoms?

There is often a rash of tender red spots. Sometime these spots appear to contain a tiny amount of pus or a hair can be seen coming out of the centre. Occasionally the spots can crust over. There can be itching.

What is it caused by?

The most common cause of folliculitis in these areas is from hair removal especially shaving.  Other types of hair removal such as waxing and plucking can also cause it.

How is it diagnosed?

Occasionally a doctor or nurse may take a swab to see if there are any germs which need treatment but normally no tests are needed.

How is it treated?

Let the hair grow for at least 4 weeks before trying to reshave.  If severe see your GP as sometimes antibiotics are needed.

How can I best prevent this infection?