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.
A local outbreak of pseudomonal folliculitis from whirlpool exposure occurred in 12 persons. A corneal ulcer developed in one patient within 48 hours of using the whirlpool. Treatment with fortified gentamicin resolved the corneal infiltrate and vision returned to normal. A second patient, who had not showered immediately after leaving the whirlpool, was left with areas of skin hyperpigmentation and scarring despite treatment with ultraviolet rays and tetracycline. Although the skin rash may be self-limited, the potential for visual loss from pseudomonal keratitis emphasizes the need for proper disinfection of swimming and whirlpool water.