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Is folliculitis contagious?

Folliculitis cannot be directly passed on from one person to another. However, sometimes the infection that causes the inflammation can be contagious. For example, a bacterial infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus may be passed on through direct contact with broken skin. For this reason, it is best not to share personal items such as towels or razors if you have folliculitis.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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