You know those razor bumps you get after shaving? The ones that itch so bad and sometimes look ugly? Do you know that excessive shaving may get the skin irritated and lead to severe folliculitis?
Folliculitis is a common sensitive skin condition that looks like inflamed bumps or pimples, usually with a hair in the centre.
It is caused by an inflammation of hair follicles either due to razor bumps, bacterial or fungal infection.
WHO IS AT RISK OF GETTING FOLLICULITIS?
This condition can affect anyone within any age range, there are also factors that increase susceptibility to this skin issue including
• Certain medications like steroids;
• Wearing tight clothing that trap sweat for a long time;
• Shaving and waxing too often;
• Acne or dermatitis;
• HIV/AIDS or any medical disease that affects immune system;
• Staying long in a hot tub especially one that is for the public.
HOW SEVERE CAN IT GET?
Mild cases go away in a few days with basic routines like careful shaving, immediate bath after soaking in a hot tub, avoiding certain medications etc. In severe cases, make sure to see your doctor for prescriptions if the signs and symptoms don’t go away after a few days.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
• Small clustered bumps in affected areas;
• Itchy skin;
• Bumps may have pus.
Folliculitis may or may not require any form of treatment and isn’t a life-threatening condition, it can however get severe and cause long-term damage like permanent loss of hair and discolored skin.
Knowing this, do you think that what you have is folliculitis?