Hot tub folliculitis is a common type of folliculitis, it is a condition which causes inflammation of the hair follicle. This condition is caused by an infection of hair follicles due to the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Folliculitis usually looks like red pimples with a hair in the center of each one. The pimples may have pus in them, and they may itch or burn. When the pimples break open, they may drain pus, blood, or both.
skin checkup, tests to find out what is causing folliculitis and to make sure you don't have a different problem, such as impetigo or heat rash. Testing a sample of the fluid in the pimples or a sample of tissue can help to learn what is causing the infection.
Pseudomonas folliculitis resulting from the use of spa pools, whirlpools, and hot tubs is a newly described disease that typically develops 8 to 48 hours after exposure in a contaminated facility. The eruption consists of pruritic papules, papulopustules, nodules, and urticarial lesions on the trunk and extremities. A family of three and a neighbor developed Pseudomonas folliculitis after using a home hot tub from which P. aeruginosa was cultured. Skin biopsies showed an acute, suppurative folliculitis and dermal abscess formation. Although the eruption usually resolves spontaneously within 7 to 10 days, proper maintenance of equipment and adequate disinfectant levels are necessary to prevent its recurrence.