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What is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a common skin condition in which the tiny hair follicles on the skin are inflamed. The inflammation is mostly caused because of bacterial or fungal infection.

At the beginning, it looks like an eruption on the skin with a white pus point on top and a red and painful area around the plus point.

The infection can then grow and spread to develop crusty sores.

It is mostly seen on the areas with excessive hair follicles like on the chest, arms, thighs, back, and buttocks. The palms, soles, lips, and mucous membranes are not affected.


Symptoms of Folliculitis

  • A group of small, reddish lumps on the skin with white or yellowish pus point over it.
  • The inflammation develops around a hair follicle.
  • Itching or burning of the affected skin.
  • Intense swelling around the around the eruption with much pain or tenderness.
  • The pus filled in the inflamed area of the skin comes out after a few days when the eruption breaks open and forms a crust over it.


Causes of Folliculitis

Folliculitis is usually caused due to an infection of the hair follicles. This infection is most probably caused by a bacteria called as Staphylococcus aureus. It can also be caused by other micro-organisms like fungi and viruses and even by ingrown hairs.

The most common causes of folliculitis are:

  • Continued rubbing from shaving or tight clothes
  • Excessive sweating
  • Areas of heat or constant friction because of rubber gloves
  • Skin diseases like dermatitis or acne can give rise to folliculitis.
  • Injury to the skin from a sharp instrument or some insect bite can give an easy entry to the bacteria into the skin. This gives rise to folliculitis.


Risk factors:

  • Conditions that reduce the immunity of an individual like HIV-AIDS, organ transplants, diabetes, cancers, etc can trigger folliculitis in the individual
  • Having acne or dermatitis
  • Damage to the skin due to some injury or after a major surgery or from an insect bite can give an easy entry to the bacteria triggering folliculitis
  • Tight clothing that does not allow the individual to sweat freely
  • Regular use of rubber gloves
  • Regular shaving
  • Use of certain medications like steroids for a long period of time.


Diagnosis of Folliculitis

The diagnosis of folliculitis can be made by just examining the eruptions on the skin and by asking the proper medical history of the patient.

Sometimes if the condition remains even after taking medicines, a swab of the infected lesion is taken and sent to the lab for knowing the reason what is causing the infection in the patient.


Self help

  • Wash the infected skin at least 2-3 times in a day with warm water.
  • Use mild soaps for cleaning the infected areas of the skin and wipe it with a clean towel or a cloth. Do not use the same towel for the normal skin which is already used for cleaning the infected skin. Do not share the clothes or towels used by the affected person.
  • Warm compresses at least 2 times in a day can help to reduce the pain and easy breaking of the pus filled eruption. Once the pus drains out, the pain and discomfort decrease.
  • Avoid using tight clothes or rubber gloves which might be causing the disease.
  • Avoid shaving regularly if possible. Or else wash the shaved area with warm water and apply moisturizer.


Homoeopathic Management of Folliculitis

Homoeopathy Management will help to reduce the inflammation and pain and thereby help to treat the condition without relapses.


  • dry, hot swollen and sensitive Skin
  • Redness around the eruption.
  • There are erythema pustules on the face.
  • Wounds are suppurative.
  • Violent Onset
  • Chilly patient

Hepar sulphuris 

  • Papules suppurate and extend.
  • Unhealthy Skin every little injury suppurates.
  • boils and carbuncles.
  • Acne in the youth which suppurates with prickly pain.
  • Extremely Chilly Baby
  • Sensitive of being Uncovered
  • Rash gets infected with offensive odor
  • touch
  • warmth

Mercurius solubilise

  • vesicular and pustular eruptions.
  • pimples around the main eruption.
  • Itching on eruptions which warmth of bed.
  • Chilly Patient
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Profuse thirst

Silicea terra

  • felons, abscess, boils and old fistulous ulcers.
  • Every little injury suppurates.
  • Offensive discharges
  • Scars suddenly become painful.
  • Excessive sweating on feet, hands, and armpits
  • Irritable sensitive nature, nervousness and obstinate character.
  • Oversensitive to cold

Calcarea sulphuric

  • purulent exudations in or upon the skin.
  • cuts, wounds, bruises etc,
  • unhealthy, discharging pus they do not heal readily.
  • Yellow crusts may cover the eruptions which are tender to touch
  • treatment of suppurative conditions


  • tingling & itching and burning
  • around eyes
  • Burning after scratching
  • Washing, bathing, the warmth of bed
  • Standing is worst position
  • Dirty filthy people prone to skin affections
  • after a bath, evening or night


  • Folliculitis Affecting the Beard Area, Also Called Barber’s Itch
  • Sticky fluid
  • Eruptions are accompanied by an itching, burning and stinging sensation.
  • The skin dry and rough.
  • Hair fall from the beard
  • Circular eruptions hard to touch
  • night, during and after menses


  • Homeopathic Medicine for Folliculitis on the Scalp
  • eruptions on the scalp that ooze pus or sticky discharge.
  • Intolerable itching, which gets worse in warm conditions
  • thick scabs form over the eruptions.
  • excessive hair fall
  • Bright red and burning eruptions
  • cold air