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WHAT IS DEEP FOLLICULITIS?


This article covers what are known as the deeper versions of Folliculitis. In most cases they take a lot longer to heal than superficial Folliculitis and are a lot more painful.

Folliculitis is a skin condition where one or more hair follicles swell up. In most cases the swelling stretches across a few hair follicles, creating a sort of rash like blotch on the skin. It may vary in severity, but is often a minor complaint. It occurs on most places where you have natural body hair. This means that it is less likely to happen on places such as the palm of your hands or on the soles of your feet. It is also more likely to happen in places where you have shorter hair. This why more western women suffer from it than men in the west.

Folliculitis may occur because of a bacterial infection. This means that is can appear at any point on your body. Infected Folliculitis often has nasty white and yellow-headed spots onto of, or covering, the pores and hair follicles. Folliculitis is often itchy, irritating, uncomfortable and often painful. You may have a deep version of Folliculitis or a superficial version.

The common boil is a deep version of Folliculitis. When a hair follicle is deeply infected with a bacterium, it will form the pink and red bump commonly seen with boils. The bacterium is often a staph bacteria, which infects the follicle and makes it feel tender and painful. As the body tries to fight off the infection, the body’s antibodies are killed off. Their tiny microscopic corpses are deposited in the boil, since the swelling has restricted the blood flow making it difficult to drain. The dead bacteria corpses also get trapped in the boil. The stew of dead bacteria and dead antibodies make the puss inside the boil. As the bacteria and your body fight it out, they deposit more and more puss making the boil swell up more and feel more painful and tender. This is often what makes the boil burst. Smaller boils may heal neatly; where as bigger boils will tend to leave a scar.

If you have had a long-term treatment for acne then you may get a gram negative Folliculitis. Gram negative is the name of the bacteria that your body may play host to if you have antibiotics for too long. They tend to grow in slightly colder places such as the nose, and will often lead to a newer Folliculitis rash (which adds to the acne problem).

A carbuncle is a cluster of acne and/or boils, which are often found on the back, thighs and neck. They almost always scar because they take a lot longer to heal and are much bigger. They are a very concentrated and nasty version of Folliculitis which cause a lot of discomfort over a long period of time unless they are treated. Treatment surgically is painful and will scar. Other less intense treatments may help but will take a long time to have any affect.

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