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Folliculitis occurs when the hair follicle becomes inflamed or infected. Learn about the causes and treatment for this skin condition.

Key points

  • Folliculitis is an inflammation or infection of the hair follicle. It results in small red bumps, which may be itchy or painful.
  • The most common cause of folliculitis is a bacterial infection, but skin irritation is also a factor.
  • Folliculitis usually goes away on its own but can be helped with warm wet compresses or antibacterial soaps.
  • See your child’s doctor if the folliculitis does not improve, if there is redness, swelling or pain at the folliculitis or if your child develops a fever. Your child may need an antibiotic.
Last updated: June 24th 2016