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Getting Ingrown Hairs Out
There's been a semi hard & yet soft lump in my crotch area. It doesn't hurt, but sometimes I get ingrown hairs that turn out like this. Ingrown hair?
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
Shaving issues...: Shaving might cause problems in some people which include ingrown hairs, inflammation, infections. My recommendation is to probably use alternative ways to get rid of the hair if the problem is recurrent. You might need to see a Dermatologist and consider permanent hair removal treatment. ...Read more
Hair grows into skin: While ingrown hair most commonly appears in areas where the skin is shaved or waxed, it can appear anywhere. Anything which causes the hair to be cut off or broken off with a sharp tip can cause ingrown hairs. Shaving is the leading cause, but waxing and tight clothing can also cause ingrown hairs. The hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin, and happens more so in people with curly hair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hair removal techniq: If any hair removal techniques are used in the area, they could increase the likelihood of ingrown hairs. I'd probably have you try a topical antibiotic like 1% Clindamycin gel (prescription product), used immediately after hair removal and twice a day until the problem clears up. As needed after that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I constantly get scared I have contracted herpes but it is impossible to tell if an ingrown hair is herpes or just an ingrown.. What is the difference?
Yes it can: If you get it infected it may swell or if it is a sebacious cyst it may get larger. Try to see if you can see the hair curling back and tweeze it out if it just occurred. Otherwise let your doctorcheck it and give you instructions. ...Read more
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