Hot-Tub Folliculitis

  • Paula S. MalhotraEmail author
  • Joseph F. FowlerJr.


Hot-tub folliculitis is also known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) folliculitis. It is characterized by pruritic maculopapular and pustular lesions that have follicular accentuation and can manifest anywhere from 1 to 4 days after bathing in a hot tub, whirlpool, or public swimming pool [1–6]. Hot-tub folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles that occurs after coming into contact the bacteria P. aeruginosa, which thrives in a warm, wet environment. Diving suits have also been implicated in causing this form of folliculitis as the suits themselves have the potential to become colonized with P. aeruginosa [7].


Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Hair Follicle Free Chlorine Total Chlorine Chlorine Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Division of DermatologyUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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