Pseudofolliculitis barbae; Tinea barbae; Barber's itch
Hot, moist compresses may promote drainage of the affected follicles. Treatment may include antibiotics applied to the skin (mupirocin) or taken by mouth (dicloxacillin), or antifungal medications to control the infection.
Folliculitis usually responds well to treatment, but may come back.
- Folliculitis may return
- Infection may spread to other body areas
Calling your health care provider
Apply home treatment and call your health care provider if symptoms come back frequently, if they last longer than 2 or 3 days, or if the infection spreads.