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What is folliculitis?

Folliculitis is an inflammation of one or more hair follicles, caused by an infection. The inflammation appears on the skin as red bumps that are also sometimes itchy. These bumps may be filled with pus or they may burst and develop a hard crust. It can occur anywhere on the body where hair grows, but is most commonly found on the legs, armpits, buttocks, face, scalp or groin.

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