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Here is a quick mnemonic ” FOLLICULITIS “ to remember about the Pseudomonas (Hot Tub) Folliculitis Rash

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Pseudomonas folliculitis, also known as “hot tub folliculitis,” is a skin condition caused by an infection with the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacterium is commonly found in water sources such as hot tubs, whirlpools, and swimming pools.

When a person comes into contact with contaminated water, particularly in poorly maintained or inadequately disinfected hot tubs, the Pseudomonas bacteria can penetrate the hair follicles and cause an infection. This leads to the development of a rash known as pseudomonas folliculitis.

Pseudomonas (Hot Tub) Folliculitis Rash : How To Remember Easily ?

  • F – Follicular lesions cause itchiness and redness.
  • O – Occluded areas like axillae, buttocks, and abdomen are commonly affected.
  • L – Lesions can be papular, vesicular, or pustular.
  • L – Lesions may occur in clusters and resemble tender nodules on palms or soles (Pseudomonas hot-foot syndrome).
  • I – Individuals in hot tubs or swimming pools are at risk.
  • C – Condition often presents in outbreaks.
  • U – Uncomfortable symptoms may include earache, sore eyes, and throat.
  • L – Lesions are usually self-limited, with fever being absent.
  • I – Itchy, red, and pustular lesions are common.
  • T – The affected individuals often experience relief without medical intervention.
  • I – Involvement of occluded areas, such as those covered by bathing suits, is typical.
  • S – Sore throat, fever, or other systemic symptoms are generally absent.


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