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Understanding Folliculitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment 

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Factors Leading to Folliculitis 

Folliculitis can be caused by various factors, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and even physical irritation. The most prominent cause of folliculitis is the bacterial infection known as Staphylococcus aureus. These bacteria can enter the hair follicles, leading to inflammation and infection. Additionally, certain fungi, such as Malassezia, can also contribute to folliculitis development. 

Other potential causes of folliculitis include viral infections, such as herpes simplex or varicella-zoster, which can result in painful and itchy bumps on the skin. Moreover, physical irritation from shaving, tight clothing, or excessive sweating can also trigger the condition. It’s important to note that individuals with compromised immune systems or those who frequently use hot tubs or swimming pools are at a higher risk of developing folliculitis. 

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