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Infection of the skin caused by friction or cycling

Example usage: 'I developed folliculitis on my thighs from riding too much.'

Most used in: Areas with a lot of cycling, such as Europe and the US.

Most used by: Cyclists who have experienced folliculitis.

Popularity: 4

Comedy Value: 1

Also see: folliculitis barbae, saddle sore, chafing rash, saddle dermatitis,


What is Cycling Folliculitis?

Cycling folliculitis is a form of skin infection caused by bacteria that can occur in cyclists who sweat heavily while riding. It is an inflammation of the hair follicles and can be caused by a combination of sweat, poor hygiene, and bacteria. It is characterized by small bumps or red pimples that may be itchy and painful.

Folliculitis is more common in cyclists who ride in hot, humid conditions or those who wear tight-fitting clothing for long periods of time. It is important to keep the skin clean and dry to reduce the risk of infection. Wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing can also help to reduce the risk of folliculitis.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, folliculitis is more common in cyclists than in other athletes. The study found that over 20 percent of cyclists reported having folliculitis, while just over 10 percent of other athletes reported the condition.

If you think you may have folliculitis, it is important to seek medical attention. Treatment may include topical antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, or oral antibiotics. In some cases, a course of antibiotics may be necessary to clear up the infection.


The Origin of the Term 'Folliculitis' in Cycling

The term 'folliculitis' was first used in the context of cycling in the early 1900s. The word was derived from the Latin word 'folliculus' which means 'little bag' and 'itis' which refers to inflammation.

Folliculitis is a skin condition which is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection. It is characterised by red, inflamed bumps that are filled with pus. It is believed to have originated in the United States and Europe, as the sport of cycling began to gain popularity.

Folliculitis was first described in medical literature in the 1930s. It was recognised as a common condition in cyclists due to the close contact between the skin and cycling shorts. Since then, the use of padded cycling shorts and other forms of protective clothing have significantly reduced the prevalence of folliculitis in cyclists.

Today, the term 'folliculitis' is still used in the context of cycling, as the condition is still a relatively common problem for cyclists. However, with the use of protective clothing and other preventative measures, the incidence of folliculitis in cyclists has decreased significantly.

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