People may sometimes mistake psoriasis and folliculitis for other skin conditions, including: fungal skin infections. eczema or dermatitis. pityriasis rosea.
What looks like folliculitis?
What are the symptoms of folliculitis? In most cases, the main symptom of folliculitis is red bumps that look like pimples on your skin. These could also look like they’re white-filled bumps or they could be filled with pus (pustules). Folliculitis can feel itchy and uncomfortable.
How can you tell if folliculitis is bacterial or fungal?
Doctors tend to diagnose folliculitis based on a physical examination. The doctor may examine the skin, take note of symptoms, and review the person’s medical and family history. They may take a swab of the infected skin to test for which bacteria or fungus has caused the folliculitis.
Can folliculitis be misdiagnosed?
As Dr. Lee discussed in the article, hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is often misdiagnosed as folliculitis or simply recurrent abscesses. In the case of HS, it’s actually a pretty easy diagnosis, as long as you know that HS exists.
What does pityrosporum folliculitis look like?
The irritation causes small red bumps that may have whiteheads on them. Folliculitis often looks like an acne breakout, but offers different symptoms. Your skin may be itchy or sting where the bumps are clustered, which isn’t typical of acne. Deeper types of folliculitis can cause large, painful boils.
What kills folliculitis?
Doctors can treat severe folliculitis with a prescription-strength antifungal or antibiotic ointment. They can also prescribe a medicated shampoo that relieves itching, and helps kill infectious microbes. Eosinophilic folliculitis may become a chronic, but mild condition.
What happens if you leave folliculitis untreated?
If folliculitis is left untreated, boils (or skin abscesses) can develop. As the hair follicle becomes deeply infected, the boil will come to a head and may drain. The boil may be painful and red. A large cluster of boils may also appear as many follicles become infected.
Should I pop folliculitis bumps?
Don’t cut, poke, or squeeze the sores. This can be painful and spread infection. Don’t scratch the affected area. Scratching can delay healing.
Will folliculitis ever go away?
Folliculitis is usually minor and goes away on its own without treatment. If you have skin irritation that’s accompanied by a fever, spreading rash, or pus-filled and smelly bumps, seek medical help.
Will I have folliculitis forever?
Most cases or folliculitis are mild and do not need any treatment. It often clears without any treatment within 7-10 days.
What aggravates folliculitis?
You may get folliculitis if you have damaged hair follicles. Shaving or wearing clothes that rub the skin can irritate the follicles, which can lead to folliculitis. They also can become blocked or irritated by sweat, machine oils, or makeup. When the follicles are injured, they are more likely to become infected.
What can folliculitis be mistaken for?
Psoriasis and folliculitis can both cause patches of itchy, red, inflamed skin to appear. However, they are very different conditions.
People may sometimes mistake psoriasis and folliculitis for other skin conditions, including:
- fungal skin infections.
- eczema or dermatitis.
- pityriasis rosea.
Is folliculitis an autoimmune disorder?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. Folliculitis is an infection caused by bacteria. Psoriasis is incurable and flares may be long-lasting. Folliculitis is curable and usually heals within a few days.