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A 24-year-old female asked:

Possible for edge of your underwear to cause irritation? i get itchy in the same spot. both sides near my butt area. looks like ingrown hair on 1 side

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Contact allergy?: Some people with latex allergy may develop a contact reaction to the elastic band from underwear. If the laundering process was not adequate, detergent residue may also cause an irritation at the edge where there is pressure. Try hydrocortisone cream and underwear without latex/rubber and see if this helps. If not, consult allergist or dermatologist who can perform patch test to verify.

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Last updated Nov 29, 2014

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