Infectious Disease Compendium

Folliculitis

Diagnosis

Little boils in the hair follicles.

Epidemiologic Risks

Itching and scratching, hot tub use.

Microbiology

Itching and scratching is S. aureus.

Hot Tub: P. aerugenosa.

Tinea barbae: T. rubrum.

Neutropenics: Candida and moulds (M. furfur).

IVDA: occasionally Candida.

AIDS: idiopathic eosinophilic.

Empiric Therapy

Depends on the clinical setting.

Pearls

Always biopsy the folliculitis in the neutropenic looking for an invasive mould. For recurrent disease, see furuncles.

Last Update: 07/22/18.