This is inflammation of the hair follicle. It can be caused by an overgrowth of the normal bacteria or fungi living on our skin. This may occur in transplant recipients due to the immunosuppression from the medications required for the transplanted organ. Shaving can cause irritation around the hair follicles leading to inflammation. Occlusion from bandages or tight clothing may exacerbate folliculitis, as can friction. It is important to use an antibacterial soap (warning this can be drying and must be used cautiously if you suffer from dry skin as well). Limit shaving and when shaving, shave in the direction of hair growth and not "against the grain". Wear loose fitting clothing.
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