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This is an infection in the hair follicles. It is inclined to be on surface of the opening of the pore or deeper in the tissue. This is most commonly caused by staphylococcus aureus. It is seen on the face, upper trunk, arms and on buttocks. Deeper involvement can produce large red papules and sometimes pustules.


Topical antibiotics such as Bacitracin or mupirocin cream or ointment (Bactroban) or fusidic acid (Fucidin) can be used. Chronic staphylococcal carriage in the nose should be looked for and be treated with mupirocin cream or ointment (Bactroban).

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