Disseminate and Recurrent Infundibular Folliculitis Clinical Presentation

Updated: Aug 14, 2017
  • Author: Christopher R Gorman, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
  • Print
Presentation

History

Most patients report a sudden onset of a widespread pruritic papular eruption. Disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis has been reported to be exacerbated by hot showers and relieved by anything that cools (eg, cool showers, lotions, swimming). Occasionally, a patient may report that a number of peers have been affected at the same time. Often, disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis patients have a personal or family history of atopy.

Next:

Physical Examination

Physical examination in disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis reveals a papular eruption that has a follicular location. In a given area, all the follicles are involved, with no skipping of any follicles in the area involved. The usual sites are the chest and mantle and the upper arms. Infundibular folliculitis is rather monomorphic without noted rubor, calor, and dolor.

See the images below.

Courtesy of San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Courtesy of San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium slide files.
Courtesy of San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Courtesy of San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium slide files.
Previous
Next:

Causes

The exact cause of disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis is unknown. The history often suggests a hot, humid environment as a precipitating cause. Once established, disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis tends to persist or recur over a prolonged period.

Previous
Next:

Complications

Complications of disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis can be due to excoriations and possible impetiginous infection.

Previous