This could be due to a boil or folliculitis, bith of which are varying degrees of inflammation of the hair follicle.
Folliculitis is a superficial infection of the hair follicles characterized by erythematous(red), follicular-based papules and pustules. Furuncles(boils) are deeper infections of the hair follicle characterized by inflammatory nodules with pustular drainage, this accounts for their painful nature.
Topical treatment with clindamycin 1% or erythromycin 2%, applied two to three times a day to affected areas, coupled with an antibacterial wash or soap, is adequate for most patients with folliculitis.
Additionally,you can treat the area with warm compresses three to four times a day for 15-20 minutes, to bring the boil to a head and hasten the discharge.
Oral antibiotics are not required unless associated with infection of tne surrounding tissue.
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