Disseminate and Recurrent Infundibular Folliculitis Treatment & Management

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

Medical Care

Cooling, soothing emollients have been used for 30 years, with variable success, in disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis (DRIF).

Corticosteroids have not been demonstrated effective, with the exception of a single case report by Hinds and Heald using potent topical corticosteroids. [3]

In 1999, Ruvikumar et al reported that psoralen plus ultraviolet light A (PUVA) therapy was successful in disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis. [4]

In 1998 and again in 2004, Aroni et al reported successful treatment of disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis with isotretinoin. [5]

Keeping a patient in a cool, dry environment has been successful in relieving symptoms of disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis.

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Consultations

Although unfamiliar to generalists, dermatologists should recognize disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis.

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Activity

Limiting activity under hot, moist conditions may be necessary to prevent or relieve symptoms of disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis.

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Prevention

Disseminate and recurrent infundibular folliculitis may be prevented by avoiding exercise in warm, humid environments.

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