Hot Tub Folliculitis
What can be done to prevent the infection?
To prevent hot tub folliculitis, the pH and chlorine need to be closely monitored in hot tubs and spas. This will help to decrease the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
What are the long-term effects of the infection?
Long term effects of folliculitis include furuncles, which are boils, abscesses or deep skin infections, known as cellulitis. With treatment these complications are rare.
What are the risks to others?
Folliculitis is contagious. It may be spread from one person to another. Individuals with folliculitis should wash their hands thoroughly. They should also use separate towels and washcloths. People with this condition should not use a hot tub until the infection has cleared up.