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How can you get folliculitis?

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Hair follicles are tiny pockets in your skin. You have them just about everywhere except for your lips, your palms, and the soles of your feet. If you get bacteria or a blockage in a follicle, it may become red and swollen.

It can happen anywhere you have hair, but it’s most likely to show up on your neck, thighs, buttocks, or armpits.

From: What is Folliculitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Folliculitis.”

Medscape: “Hair Anatomy.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Folliculitis.”

Indiana University Bloomington Health Center: “Folliculitis.”

The International Foundation for Dermatology: “Management of Bacterial Infections of the Hair Follicles.”

Primary Care Dermatology Society: “Folliculitis and boils (furuncles/carbuncles).”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Folliculitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Folliculitis.”

Medscape: “Hair Anatomy.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Folliculitis.”

Indiana University Bloomington Health Center: “Folliculitis.”

The International Foundation for Dermatology: “Management of Bacterial Infections of the Hair Follicles.”

Primary Care Dermatology Society: “Folliculitis and boils (furuncles/carbuncles).”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Folliculitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

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