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 aeruginosa is a ubiquitous gram-negative rod that can cause a well-recognized, acquired skin infection from bacterial colonization of contaminated water called “hot tub folliculitis.” We report an outbreak of pseudomonas skin infection associated with the use of a hot tub at a pool party in 33 children. In particular, 2 of the children were admitted to our hospital; both presented with high leukocyte counts, intermittent low grade fevers, and painful, erythematous nodules and papules on their palms and soles. One of the 2 children also presented with small erythematous pustular lesions on the face and trunk, which led to the diagnosis. Cultures from these pustules grew P aeruginosa. Thirty two other children at this pool/hot tub party developed similar lesions of varying severity 6 to 48 hours after the party. These findings were most consistent with the diagnosis of pseudomonas folliculitis/hot hand.