• Groups of small red or white bumps around hair follicles
  • Pus-filled blisters
  • Itchy Skin
  • Burning Skin
  • Painful Skin
  • Large swollen bump


in Fargo, North Dakota

Folliculitis is a common infection in the skin that millions of people experience every year. This type of infection can be very mild, not causing any damage once it has healed, but it can become more severe. It’s important to take care of your skin and understand the different ways it can possibly get infected. The best way to do this is with the help of your dermatologist who can offer treatment options and keep your skin healthy.

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What is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a common skin condition that causes the skin around hair follicles to become red, inflamed, and itchy. It is not a life-threatening condition, but can be rather irritating when it lasts for a long time. If folliculitis continues, then it can cause permanent hair loss or scarring, so it’s important to receive treatment from a dermatologist who can determine the severity.

What Causes Folliculitis?

Folliculitis occurs when bacteria infect the many hair follicles on your body. Typically, the Staph bacteria, which is always on your skin, can get into the follicles from small cuts and cause this type of infection. Folliculitis can also be caused by other fungi, viruses, and ingrown hairs. There a few different causes of this type of infection including:

  • Blockages from skin products
  • Shaving, waxing, and plucking
  • Fungus
  • Certain Drugs
  • Inflammation
  • Bacteria

How Do You Treat Folliculitis?

Since folliculitis is a fairly common skin condition, it often goes away on its own within a few days. If the condition becomes irritating and uncomfortable, there are ways that you can take care of it at home. These home remedies include cleaning the infected area, using salt water on the area, or taking over-the-counter medications. If the condition becomes severe or doesn’t improve, then you should make an appointment with your dermatologist. Since folliculitis is an infection, it can sometimes be improved with antibiotics or antiviral medications. Dr. Ness can make sure you understand your treatment options during a consultation at our Fargo office.

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Folliculitis Maintenance

Although folliculitis is fairly common and easily-treatable, it can still potentially lead to more severe complications such as permanent hair loss, permanent scarring, or spreading infection. Some things you can do to prevent infections are:

  • Use gentle shaving gels or cleansers
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Use clean towels and razors
  • Wash your hands often
  • Only use clean hot tubs or pools

Schedule a Consultation

If you are suffering from folliculitis or continue to experience infections, then your dermatologist can help. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ness, contact our Fargo office by calling or booking online.



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