Folliculitis is an infection caused by fungus or bacteria that affects the hair follicles. It is most common on the face, scalp, thighs, and groin. It looks like a small pimple and may itch or burn. Though it usually subsides on its own, your doctor may recommend an ointment to speed healing or manage pain. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how folliculitis is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
WebMD looks at the causes, symptoms, and treatment of scalp problems, including dandruff, lice, and ringworm.
Why Do I Have Sores on My Head?
If you have painful sores on your head and scalp, find out about some common causes.
Cysts, Lumps, Bumps, and Your Skin
There are a number of skin conditions that cause lumps and bumps to appear. This article covers some of the most common ones.
What Is Folliculitis?
Folliculitis can cause clusters of red, pimple-like bumps on your skin. Learn what causes it, what it looks like, how you can treat it at home, and when to see your doctor.
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Picture of Folliculitis
Folliculitis. Scattered follicular-based erythematous papules and pustules.
Itches, Rashes, Bumps and Other Adult Skin Problems
Is your skin itching, breaking out, covered in a rash, or playing host to spots of some sort? It may be the result of infection, a chronic skin condition, or contact with an allergen or irritant. Learn to spot skin problems commonly seen in adults.
Picture of Razor Bumps
Razor bumps, also called pseudofolliculitis barbae, are small, irritated bumps on the skin. They develop after shaving, when strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin.