What are the physical findings characteristic more severe folliculitis?

Updated: Oct 08, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth K Satter, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Patients with more extensive involvement of the follicle or those who experience an exaggerated hypersensitivity reaction to the dermatophyte infection present with enlarged, boggy purulent plaques, called kerions, in the site of the prior superficial infection. Another type of deep fungal folliculitis called Majocchi granuloma classically occurs after treatment of a superficial fungal infection with steroids and occlusion or on the legs of women from shaving.


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