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smelly ingrown hair with puss

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sheila Calderon
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
See a doctor: Your doctor will perform an incision and drainage and then determine if you need antibiotics. Keep the area clean. She will also pull the ingrown hai ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Tarleton
54 years experience in Family Medicine
Cure: minor surgical eval/cystectomy. Surgery should be done when cyst is not infected.
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Dr. Alexandra Schmidt
18 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Warm compresses: Applying moist warm compresses to the area may help bring the ingrown hair to the surface.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Ingrown hair: use triple antibiotic ointment daily for a few days and wash with warm soap and water
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Infection.: This could be an infection, which would likely be bacterial and would require antibiotics. Get to your doctor for evaluation and antibiotics.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Best to get checked.: It may be just an irritation but one can't be sure if it may be a malignant lesion such as melanoma. Best to get it checked.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Antibiotic: Sometimes the infection resolves if drainage is complete. To be sure, physician needs to examine it. Antibiotics may be needed.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Skin infections: Pus filled bumps on the skin are usually the symptom of a skin infection. When they become red, warm to touch and painful it is called cellulitis. T ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Uncertain.: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may c ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Levine
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Dilated hair follicl: An ingrown hair often leads to trapped sebum within the hair follicle, which then becomes inflamed, and sometimes infected (pustule). It sounds like y ... Read More

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