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If you’re dealing with folliculitis, our medical dermatology specialists at Regency can help. We will assess the severity of your condition to accurately determine the best course of treatment for you. 


Folliculitis is characterized by inflammation and infection around hair follicles. The infections can be either bacterial or fungal but are most commonly bacterial. It presents as red, painful bumps or white-headed pimples around hair follicles. It is a very common disease, having more than 3 million cases per year in the United States. Symptoms usually don’t last long, resolving within days to weeks. Some severe cases can result in hair loss and scarring.

Risk factors for folliculitis

Risk factors for folliculitis include shaving, wearing tight or restrictive clothing, having acne, using dirty hot tubs, etc. If your folliculitis is not resolving with normal care, then antibacterial topical washes and creams may be necessary. 

Oral antibiotics may be recommended in more severe cases. If large abscesses form from deep infection, we may drain them in the office. For people who frequently get folliculitis from shaving, laser hair removal may be beneficial. 

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