The pilosebaceous follicle
is the bag from which hair grows. Folliculitis is the inflammation
of the follicle and can be caused by a bacterium, virus
, or fungus. In general, inflammation is a side-effect
of an infection caused by a bacterium, Staphylococcus aureus
: this is called a boil
. The boil appears as a small hard area at the base of the hair, which is painful, but will necrotize (cell
death) after a few days, and leave a sort of reddish hollow behind. Boils are localized mostly on the thighs, back, or shoulders
. In the case of folliculitis, it is advisable not to touch the lesions
in order to prevent spreading them. Good hand hygiene
with an antiseptic
soap is generally sufficient.
Published by Jeff
Latest update on December 11, 2013 at 04:27 AM by Jeff.