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How can I get rid of a very infected ingrown hair?

How can I get rid of a very infected ingrown hair?

Infected & ingrown: If you have ingrown hairs try not to wax, shave or pluck hairs until healed. This can often heal without treatment. Your physician can prescribe medication to clear dead skin cells (retinoids). Steroids may be used for significant inflammation & antibiotics may be considered if the area has become infected. ...Read more

Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Our hair follicles are meant to erupt and to grow straight out of the skin. Often, a hair may turn into the channel out of which it should grow, and penetrates the skin, causing swelling and irritation. This may happen because of blockage or with very curly hair. These are not always a problem unless the hair does not erupt and then possibly leads to infection ...Read more


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Large lump located on perineum. Not infected or an ingrown hair. Keeps getting bigger and i don't have insurance to get checked out and not be anythin?

Large lump located on perineum. Not infected or an ingrown hair. Keeps getting bigger and i don't have insurance to get checked out and not be anythin?

Needs to be checked: A lump in perineum getting bigger needs to be checked find a clinic near you where they can see you if you do not have jog or resources to pay but either way it needs to be checked. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a severe and infected (also very painful) ingrown hair on the back of my leg, close to my butt?

Soaks and get help: If it is an infected ingrown hair or an infected cyst(more likely), you should see a surgeon who will place you on antibiotics and then lance or remove when ready . Meanwhile place warm soaks to the area; but do get checked! ...Read more

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I get ingrown hairs on my upper leg/thigh, most of the time the become infected and hurt very much. What should I do and are there any treatments?

I get ingrown hairs on my upper leg/thigh, most of the time the become infected and hurt very much.  What should I do and are there any treatments?

Laser: If you have chronic infections, laser hair removal would keep the hairs from regrowing and stop the infections. Oral and topical antibiotics help temporarily. ...Read more

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Can Fordyce spots get infected? Shaved my labia kind hurriedly 3 days later noticed 3 tiny white bumps. They don't look like ingrown hairs necessarily

Wrong question: Are they Fordyce spots or something else? Are they infections? Folliculitis? Milia? Mild irritation? If they bother you and persist you may wish to see a GYN or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can I prevent reoccurring infected ingrown hairs?

How can I prevent reoccurring infected ingrown hairs?

Several things: Moisturizing your skin can sometimes help, as well as either shaving regularly, or letting them grow out. Men often have this problem on their neck or face if they shave, while women often have problems in the bikini area. ...Read more

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How do I take care if a reccuring infected vaginal ingrown hair?

Good Hygiene-surgery: See a good dermatologist or a surgeon to resect the infected area removing ingrown hair, the very good hygiene.Probably you will need some antibiotics foe a week. ...Read more

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I had a lot of ingrown hairs on my vaginal area, i picked them and a few of them seem infected, what can I do ? Is it something to worry about?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. There are different options to control symptoms. ...Read more

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If i keep heat on an infected ingrown hair, how long until it drains?

Few days: If it does not drain after a few days i would see a dermatologist for an oral antibiotic. ...Read more