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.

Neutropenics:

Candida and moulds (M. furfur).

IVDA: occ 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.

Rants

ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)

Folliculitis 704.8.