What is the medical care for specific types of folliculitis?

Updated: Oct 08, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth K Satter, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medical care for the other types of folliculitis is as follows:

  • Pseudomonas folliculitis is usually self-limited and does not require treatment; however, if the patient is immunocompromised or the lesions are persistent, oral ciprofloxacin may be given.
  • Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis (Ofuji disease) does not respond to systemic antibiotics. First line treatment is indomethacin (50 mg/day). Other therapies include UVB phototherapy, minocycline, or dapsone. [25]
  • Pityrosporum folliculitis initially responds to topical antifungals such as ketoconazole cream or shampoo but is often associated with relapses. For relapses, systemic antifungals should be tried.
  • Gram-negative folliculitis that arises as a complication of chronic antibiotic use is best approached by discontinuing the implicated antibiotic and administering oral trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Use of benzoyl peroxide washes may also be beneficial.
  • Herpetic folliculitis responds to valacyclovir, famciclovir, or acyclovir.
  • Papulopustular eruption associated with epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors is self-limited and resolves with cessation of chemotherapy. In patients requiring treatment, topical antibiotics, topical corticosteroids or oral antibiotics, particularly tetracyclines, can be administered.

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