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Folliculitis is a common condition which may be confused with acne due to inflamed, irritated hair follicles and pimples. You may also be familiar with this condition by common names like heat rash or razor bumps. Regardless of the cause for each case of folliculitis, treatment is usually simple and effective when advised by an experienced and caring dermatologist like Harvard-educated Dr. Rashel Goodkin.

What is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a condition in which the hair follicles throughout the body are inflamed. This is usually due to a bacterial or fungal infection, which is not serious or life-threatening but generally causes itching and discomfort. In other cases, folliculitis may be caused by irritation from ingrown hairs. Folliculitis generally causes small bumps or pimples. More serious cases might result in damage to the follicle and permanent hair loss. Common types of folliculitis are also known as razor bumps, heat rash, hot tub rash, or barber’s itch.

When Should I See a Dermatologist for Folliculitis?

Some cases of folliculitis will resolve on their own within a few days. However, if symptoms are widespread or don’t subside quickly, you should seek treatment from a qualified physician such as Dr. Goodkin. You may require antibiotics or another treatment for your folliculitis.

If you are unsure whether you are facing folliculitis, acne, or another dermatologic condition, you should also schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodkin. Diagnosing your specific condition is the best way to reach an effective treatment strategy, which is possible through an experienced dermatologist.

How is Folliculitis Treated?

The treatment plan for your folliculitis will vary depending on severity and specific cause of your condition. Mild infections often require an antibiotic cream or gel. More severe infections may also require an oral antibiotic. Fungal or yeast infections can be treated with an antifungal cream, shampoo, or pill. Dr. Goodkin may also recommend steps you can take to avoid recurring folliculitis by changing behaviors such as where or how often you shave and recommend best cleansers for your skin that help prevent this condition.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment for folliculitis treatment in Boston, call Dr. Rashel Goodkin at 781.227.7977 or request your appointment through our online form.