A 22-year-old female asked:
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removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, i know). now have several open wounds. possibility of staph infection?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Antibacterial: Keep the lesions clean and apply antibiotic ointment.
Answered on Feb 23, 2014
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Dr. Joseph Campanelli
28 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
If you notice worsening pain or increasing redness around the area, see your local doctor immediately.
Feb 23, 2014
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
See a professional: Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications.
Answered on Sep 17, 2016

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Well: Sometimes ingrown hairs develop staph infections. Either could present with what looks like a boil.
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Ingrown hairs can: become infected with staph. May need eval to know.
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Shrinking bumps: As you complete your treatment course the lesions should decrease in size, and you should feel better (no fevers, chills, etc).
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