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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. Katharine Cox
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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


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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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If I have an infected hair follicle (folliculitis) on my leg, can I spread it to someone else merely by shared bedding that the follicle touched?

If I have an infected hair follicle (folliculitis) on my leg, can I spread it to someone else merely by shared bedding that the follicle touched?

Not likely: Folliculits would not be contagious in the way you described. I trust that you are keeping the area clean and using a topic antibiotic ointment, like neosporin. If it spreads to other hair follicles, it would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...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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It looks like folliculitis there's only a couple bumps and its by hair follicles and appeared after shaving? What can I do to heal it fast?

It looks like folliculitis there's only a couple bumps and its by hair follicles and appeared after shaving? What can I do to heal it fast?

Clean and dry: Keep the area clean and dry. You may use an antibiotic cream like Neosporin, available over the counter. If the lesion is in your genital area, quit shaving. Contrary to your view, shaving genitals is unhygienic.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...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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How can I treat a painful infected hair follicle in the entrance of my nose?

How can I treat a painful infected hair follicle in the entrance of my nose?

See your MD: Until you see your md, apply Bacitracin topically, if you are not allergic. Do not squeeze the area. Use warm compresses and see your doctor. ...Read more

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I took 4 hits off a joint and I have a hair follicle drug test in a week, will I pass?

I took 4 hits off a joint and I have a hair follicle drug test in a week, will I pass?

No you won't: Pot remains in the hair for 90 days. Your only hope would be that the amount in your hair is below the detectable limit in the test, but I would not count on it. Best wishes and please don't use at all. ...Read more

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If I don't smoke at all from here on so I can go apply at this job in 3 weeks that does hair follicle test?

Not in three weeks: If you abstain from use of tobacco, all of your hair will get renewed in a few months. Hair will not remain positive for ever, only till the hair has undergone renewal, usually about four months. See this site for information on drug clearance.
http://www. Ipassedmydrugtest. Com/drug_detection_times. Asp ...Read more

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A friend ask me how to pass a hair follicle drug test I said don't do drugs you fool is there a way mr or mrs doctor x?

A friend ask me how to pass a hair follicle drug test I said don't do drugs you fool is there a way mr or mrs doctor x?

Hair follicles: You gave your friend the right answer in saying "don't do drugs" -- that's the only reliable way to pass a drug test of any kind. Hair follicles will remain positive for varying periods depending on the drug in question. Cutting hair will also not completely get rid of the follicles, which are down into the scalp. Thc, for instance, would still remain in the follicles for at least 90 days. ...Read more

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I have 5 to 6 small, red, painless bumps on base of my penile shaft. Each one has a single hair follicle growing from them.

I have 5 to 6 small, red, painless bumps on base of my penile shaft. Each one has a single hair follicle growing from them.

Sebaceous glands?: Hi! RobertD, Those bumps as described most represent the typical feature of hyperactive sebaceous glands of hair follicles, which are common and "normal" so requiring no active attention as long as not having recurrent infection with bother. In fact, I addressed similar question for you in Concierge. If needing more, contact www. HealthTap. Com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC; I can help - video goes faster. ...Read more

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So when my penis is erect under it I notice hair growing and there's a bump following that hair follicle, what is that bump?

Here are some...: What you saw and described is common & harmless, most likely representing the hyperactive sebaceous gland of hair follicle, for which do nothing if not mentally and/or physically bothering you such of that from superimposed infection like that in the acne on the face. More? Seek evaluation preferably by urologist if possible. ...Read more

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If I took a few hits from a joint over 14 months ago, will it show up on my hair follicle test? I also have really long hair if that helps.

If I took a few hits from a joint over 14 months ago, will it show up on my hair follicle test? I also have really long hair if that helps.

Depends: If they check the hair follicle, the test should be negative. But if they check further down the hair shaft, it may be positive. After 14 months a single exposure to marijuana should show up positive at about 17 cm (assuming normal hair growth). If that was the only time your used, hair on either side may be negative. In fact this type of analysis is used to establish history of episodic use. ...Read more

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I took a of marijuana two weeks ago and prior to that I took a few hits about a month ago. I'm taking a hair follicle test next week will I pass?

Hair follicle test: Lab information indicates a standard hair follicle screen covers a period of approximately 90 days, but is susceptible to time variation depending on the growth rate of your hair. So, I guess you are within the range of detection. ...Read more

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I was wondering how far a hair follicle drug test goes back. Why I was asking was because of a job, someone said they go back 6 months for this job?

About right: Depends on the length of the hair, but the average size hair will go back about 6 months. There is variability in hair growth, and depending on whether someone is fair-skinned or dark, the hair may retain certain drugs differently. But in general, its about 6 months worth. The larger question is whether an employer has any right to determine what someone does during off-time not working. ...Read more

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Have'nt use cocaine in the last 8 or 9 months ive been clean can I pass a hair follicle test I have short hair so the means there gonna use body hair.

Have'nt use cocaine in the last 8 or 9 months ive been clean can I pass a hair follicle test I have short hair so the means there gonna use body hair.

Yes, Good job!: If you have not used for that long, your test will be negative. You've done such a great job to stay clean, so be sure not to go back. Counseling will help stay clean. ...Read more

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I had a 3 month hair follicle test for heroin will it show positive if the last time I used was over 5 month ago please please answer yhank u so much?

Highly unlikely: At this point, if you test positive, it would be because of recent use. If you truly have not used any opiates in 5 months, you shouldn't have to worry. ...Read more

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How can I pass a hair follicle test?

How can I pass a hair follicle test?

Wrong forum: It is extremely inappropriate to ask a physician to help you beat a drug test. That is asking us to betray the very core of our ethics. We are here to help you stay healthy. We all support the solution of recovery. Not the abuse or misuse of drugs or alcohol. ...Read more

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How do I pass a hair follicle test? What does it test for?

Don't take drugs: A hair follicle test is for previous use of drugs/medications. Marijuana is typically tested for, however other drugs may be found. To pass a hair follicle test, don't take drugs! ...Read more

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Will opiates show up on my hair follicle test if I haven't done it for a month?

Will opiates show up on my hair follicle test if I haven't done it for a month?

Yes.: That is the purpose of the hair test. It should be positive for months while a blood or urine test could only detect current use. ...Read more

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I had 3-4 vodka tonic drinks less than a month ago. Will this appear on an alcohol hair follicle test?

I had 3-4 vodka tonic drinks less than a month ago. Will this appear on an alcohol hair follicle test?

Drug test: No, alcohol is pretty rapidly metabolized and out of your system. It is not stored within hair follicles. ...Read more

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I'm not wondering how long THC stays in hair, but I'm curious as why it stays in the hair follicle longer than blood or urine?

I'm not wondering how long THC stays in hair, but I'm curious as why it stays in the hair follicle longer than blood or urine?

Hair stays: Thc stays in the hair longer than in the blood and urine. This is because the blood is constantly being filtered (cleaned) by your kidneys and the urine is regularly eliminated from your body and replaced. Your hair, however, does not get filtered or replaced, so the thc remains. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

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 ...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