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Folliculitis

Folliculitis

Picture of a healthy hair follicle and an infected hair follicle

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles, which are the small pouches in the skin from which hairs grow. Folliculitis can develop on any part of the body that has hair. But it is most common on the face, scalp, and areas rubbed by clothing, such as the thighs and groin.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last Revised May 25, 2011

Last Revised: May 25, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology

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