fol·​lic·​u·​li·​tis fə-ˌli-kyə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce folliculitis (audio)
: inflammation of one or more follicles especially of the hair

Examples of folliculitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How to treat folliculitis: Dr. Jaliman recommends using a half-and-half solution of cool water and white vinegar to make compresses, then applying them to the area for 15 minutes twice a day. Daley Quinn, Women's Health, 8 Sep. 2023 Those pimple-like bumps are actually superficial infections of the hair follicles—otherwise known as folliculitis. Sarah Bradley, Women's Health, 20 June 2023 There are a couple of thrilling moments when the description verges on body horror, as when Beach gives herself folliculitis—pustulating sores and all—by shaving with a rusty razor for a date with a guy who not only friend-zones her but gets her help moving out of his apartment. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, 19 July 2023 That can help to relieve some of the friction and irritation that may lead to folliculitis. Celia Shatzman, Women's Health, 26 June 2023 The ingredient is effective in treating both acne and folliculitis because of its antimicrobial (a.k.a. bacteria-fighting) properties. Celia Shatzman, Women's Health, 26 June 2023 This dandruff shampoo alleviates itchy scalp, folliculitis, razor bumps, and more by removing excess oil and dead skin cells, which reduces dandruff. Alexandra Frost, Health, 22 June 2023 These small red bumps, explains Dr. Sherber, resemble acne but are technically also a form of folliculitis caused by the same Malassezia that could cause an itchy and flaky scalp. Chloé Valentine Toscano, Allure, 22 Mar. 2023 However, side effects include redness, dry or itchy skin, nausea (with PUVA), blisters, or folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles. Tolu Ajiboye, Verywell Health, 12 May 2023 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from folliculus + -itis

First Known Use

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of folliculitis was circa 1860

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“Folliculitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


fol·​lic·​u·​li·​tis fə-ˌlik-yə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce folliculitis (audio)
: inflammation of one or more follicles especially of the hair
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