Folliculitis and its Relation to Acne
A tiny tubular cavity through which hair grows is known as hair follicle. Folliculitis is a condition of infection and inflammation of hair follicles.
There are four types of folliculitis depending upon the causes of inflammation.
- Bacterial Folliculitis
- Fungal Folliculitis
- Viral Folliculitis
- Parasitic Folliculitis
Bacterial folliculitis develops when bacteria enter the skin through cut or wound. After entering the skin, bacteria infect the hair follicles and the infection spreads gradually. There are millions of hair follicles on your scalp and body. Thus, foremost cause of folliculitis is bacteria. Bacterial folliculitis may reach deep skin layers such as lipid layers of skin. It is common among children, but any one of any age can develop it. Staphylococcus aureus is the bacterial species responsible for folliculitis.
Fungal folliculitis develops when zoophilic species infects the hair follicles. The infection may reach deep skin layers, if left untreated initially. Tiny blood capillaries around the hair follicles may be affected by fungal infection. Fungal infection in some cases is more severe than bacterial folliculitis in that inflammation in fungal folliculitis is far more severe.
Viral folliculitis is most severe folliculitis among all types of folliculitis. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is the main cause of viral folliculitis while other viruses may involve the infection. Viral folliculitis due to herpes simplex virus is usually indicated by pustule or ulcerated lesions. Patients feel acute pain and burning sensation.
It is the least common folliculitis among all. Mites infect the hair follicles and lay eggs within skin layers. Thus, most common parasite responsible for parasitic folliculitis is the mite.
How folliculitis causes acne?
Actually acne is the disorder of inflammation of hair follicles and sebaceous glands. When hair follicles are inflamed they become narrower and restrict the discharge of sebum. When sebum is excessively produced and follicles are restricted, a bump arises. If the sebum still stays inside the bump, the bump is called whitehead and if the sebum pops out the skin, the bump is called blackhead.
How can you treat folliculitis and its related acne?
Your doctor will diagnose the cause of folliculitis, if it due to bacteria, he or she will prescribe some medications and as you cure from folliculitis, its related acne will disappear itself.
Folliculitis is the inflammation of hair follicles and is closely related to acne. Acne disappears soon after the healing of folliculitis.
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