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Inflammation of a follicle or group of follicles.
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an inflammation of a hair follicle caused primarily by staphylococci. Symptoms of folliculitis are redness and swelling, followed by the formation of a nodule having on its surface a pustule pierced by the hair. When only the orifice of the follicle is affected, ostial folliculitis results, which is usually resolved within a few days. A deep folliculitis, or a furuncle, develops when the tissues surrounding a follicle also become inflamed.

Treatment consists of wiping the skin around the pustules with a 2 percent solution of salicylic acid or camphor and covering them with a 2 percent solution of brilliant green or methylene blue.

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Other less commonly seen infections were herpes zoster, herpes labialis, warts, molluscum contagiosum, impetigo, DCPA (dermatitis cruris pustulosa et atrophicans), folliculitis decalvans, pityriasis versicolor, sporotrichosis and leprosy.
Differential diagnosis in the early stages are: Acne keloidalis nuchae, folliculitis decalvans, follicular lichen planus and relapsing staphylococcal folliculitis.
In primary cicatricial alopecia, the hair follicle is the target of inflammatory destruction, with little effect of the disease process on other components of the dermis.2 Examples of primary alopecia include discoid lupus erythematosus, lichen planopilaris, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, pseudopelade of Brocq, folliculitis decalvans, and acne keloidalis.3,4 In secondary cicatricial alopecia, the hair follicle is an "innocent bystander" and is destroyed indirectly.
Folliculitis decalvans et atrophicans: report of a case.