Staphylococcal folliculitis forms when the bacteria staphylococcal aureus infects a hair follicle, causing a small, yet painful pimple. According to the Merck Manual, it spreads by direct contact, touching infected objects or through the air.Continue Reading
According to KidsHealth, folliculitis is more common in areas where skin becomes irritated or suffers from friction. Shaved areas are particularly susceptible to infection. The infection forms a pimple surrounding the hair shaft. With good skin care, folliculitis often clears without medication. Sometimes, the infection spreads to affect surrounding tissue, and the folliculitis forms a boil. The area reddens and swells, and the skin above the boil becomes tender. Hot compresses help to relieve the boil in many cases; however, it may require oral antibiotics or surgical draining. Mayo Clinic indicates that small boils often heal without leaving scars, but larger ones cause a scar to form. It recommends folliculitis sufferers see their doctor if the infection does not clear in a few days.
Barber's Itch is a form of folliculitis that primarily affects black men who shave. The bacteria enter the skin through tiny cuts left by the razor. As shaving continues, the infection grows worse, according to Mayo Clinic. Severe cases leave dark, raised scars known as keloids.Learn more about Skin Conditions
Impetigo is caused by contagious bacteria, such as staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus pyogenes or MRSA, KidsHealth states. The contagious bacteria may be contracted through skin contact with an infected person's sores or by touching infected items, including towels, bedding and clothing.Full Answer >
Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that normally lives on the skin and in the nose, is frequently the cause of boils, according to Mayo Clinic. The bacteria gain entry to the body via a small nick in the skin or via an insect bite.Full Answer >
Treatments for blind pimples include a warm or ice compress, tea tree oil, aloe vera, apple vinegar and Epsom salts, according to NoSkinProblems.com. A combination of apple and honey, milk, lemon juice, rubbing alcohol and toothpaste may also help reduce the appearance of blind pimples.Full Answer >
Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is an acute exfoliation of the skin wherein the skin becomes damaged and sheds, according to Medscape. The syndrome is also known as Ritter von Rittershain disease (in newborns), Ritter disease and staphylococcal epidermal necrolysis. It's caused by infection from certain strains of Staphylococcus bacteria which produce a poison that damages skin, creating blisters that look like burns.Full Answer >