What Is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a fairly common skin disorder caused by inflammation and infection in hair follicles. A follicle is a small cavity from which hair grows. Every single hair on the human body grows from its own follicle and when these follicles get filled with bacteria, they become inflamed and irritated. While this condition may appear on just about any area of the body, it most commonly affects the arms, legs, chest, and face. Here at Helena Dermatology, we have the treatment options to address this condition, helping you live free of pain and irritation.

Folliculitis on a woman's neck

What Causes Folliculitis?

This condition is usually caused by a bacterial infection known as staphylococcus aureus, or staph. However, fungal infections, viruses, and even trauma to the follicle can also cause this condition. These causes are often related to shaving, other skin conditions such as acne or dermatitis, skin injuries, and certain lifestyle habits such as wearing tight clothing. 

Folliculitis Treatment Options

Helena Dermatology offers several treatment options for dealing with folliculitis. In addition to topical medications, we also provide laser hair removal using the ICON system. This device uses concentrated heat to remove hair and keep it from regrowing, thereby relieving folliculitis symptoms. If you’re struggling with this issue, we encourage you to visit and inquire about our treatment options.


Folliculitis Treatments in Helena, MT

Helena Dermatology is here to provide you with the care and support you need. Though not a serious disease, folliculitis can be very uncomfortable and irritating. If you’re having a hard time with this condition, we can provide you with effective solutions in the form of laser hair removal and topical medication prescriptions. For expert dermatological care and ongoing support with a friendly smile, fill out the form below and schedule an appointment or give us a call at (406) 443-7200.

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