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Hair follicle infection: I have this bump in my underarms, i think it's follicitis?

Hair follicle infection: I have this bump in my underarms, i think it's follicitis?

Could be: The underarm (axilla) is a spot in which hair follicle inflammation (folliculitis) is commonly diagnosed, so your impression could be correct. You would need to visit a clinic or see a doc to know for sure. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

Folliculitis is a condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a bacterial infection may follow. Common symptoms may include a rash, itching, and ...Read more


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I was in a hot tub a couple weeks ago and developed a hair follicle infection shortly after. Also have red, itchy patches in swimsuit area / arms. ?

I was in a hot tub a couple weeks ago and developed a hair follicle infection shortly after. Also have red, itchy patches in swimsuit area / arms. ?

See doctor: Hot tubs when not properly maintained may have bacteria which causes the type of infection you described. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Red itchy painful pubic hair follicles 2wks following yeast infection no fever no discharge just itchy & painful?

Red itchy painful pubic hair follicles 2wks following yeast infection no fever no discharge just itchy & painful?

Folliculitis!: Sounds like staph infection of pubic hair follicles! some PO antibiotics , topical cream and self hygiene will cure this fast! first have your md check to make sure no other problems are involved! regards! ...Read more

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I have an infected hair follicle on my leg which I've read is folliculitis and is contagious. If my 6 month old gets it, can it be dangerous to him?

I have an infected hair follicle on my leg which I've read is folliculitis and is contagious. If my 6 month old gets it, can it be dangerous to him?

Soap and water: Even if your son is in direct contact, it is unlikely he will develop a skin infection. A layer of clothing should be fine. Keep the area washed clean daily and if not getting better, see your doctor for help. ...Read more

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How do I tell if a spot on my leg is staph infection or just an irritated bite/spot/ hair follicle...etc....

How do I tell if a spot on my leg is staph infection or just an irritated bite/spot/ hair follicle...etc....

RELAX: A small spot on the leg is common. Do you shave your legs? Wash in shower every day. If it becomes rapidly worse, see a DR. Most likely = folliculitis. Bacitracin and bandaid will make it worse. ...Read more

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How long does adipex show up in a hair follicle test?

Drug Screening HAIR: It stays until the hair is cut past the length it was on the day you used it last. It does not 'dissipate' out of the hair. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Follicle (Definition)

An ovarian follicle contains a hollow ball of cells with an immature egg in the center. It is a structure within the ovary containing the egg that ...Read more