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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is eosinophilic pustular folliculitis?

Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis is a chronic, non-infectious skin disorder, characterized by recurring itchy, red or skin-colored bumps and pustules. It may be associated with HIV infection, various drugs, and some lymphomas.

Symptoms of eosinophilic pustular folliculitis

  • Bumps containing pus

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for eosinophilic pustular folliculitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose eosinophilic pustular folliculitis

  • Do you have bumps on your skin with pus?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

Treatment for eosinophilic pustular folliculitis

Treatment depends on the severity. Treatment options include anti-inflammatory medication taken orally or applies, antibiotics and phototherapy (procedure where your skin is exposed to light to treat skin conditions).

View the symptoms of Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis

  • Pustule

  • Red skin


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