Over 3 million cases of folliculitis are reported each year in the United States.
Folliculitis presents as infected hair follicles.
Bacterial folliculitis occurs due to a presence of bacteria (usually staph) and inflamed cells within the ostia (opening) and the wall of a hair follicle that produces a follicular pustule.
Hot tubs, or heated pools that are not pH-balanced, are the culprits for pseudomonas or hot tub folliculitis.
Pityrosporum folliculitis occurs due to a yeast infection with pustules located on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, and upper arms.
Over the counter products with benzoyl-peroxide can treat folliculitis.
Eating foods that boost the immune system and improve skin health can help prevent folliculitis.