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Doctor insights on: Hair Follicle Inflammation

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Can permanent hair dye damage the hair follicle?

Can permanent hair dye damage the hair follicle?

Avoid if possible: At least one study says no. Note: hair always gets a little damaged when applying color, even if you're going back to your natural hue. Both permanent and semi-permanent dyes contain hydrogen peroxide, which chemically changes the color of the hair pigment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11982643. ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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Could scalp ringworm cause hair follicles to shrink and receding hairline?

Could scalp ringworm cause hair follicles to shrink and receding hairline?

Hair loss: infections can cause hair loss Effective treatment will resolve it. See a dermatologist or family doc. ...Read more

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What causes clogged hair follicle on head from shaving?

Ingrown hair: coarse or curly hair is more apt to poke back into skin. The opening to the hair follicle can become clogged with dead skin cells. ...Read more

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Can hair wax removal back strip near buttocks irritate hair follicules?

Can hair wax removal back strip near buttocks irritate hair follicules?

Hair removal: Yes depending on how it is done. Laser hair removal usually has the least side effects. As the other methods usually involve physicl trauma or chemicals. ...Read more

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Will heat kill my hair follicles?

If it's hot enough: would also cause a deep burn of the skin. Only good options are shaving, waxing, plucking, laser ...Read more

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How to pluck eyebrow hair and other hair without damaging the follicle?

How to pluck eyebrow hair and other hair without damaging the follicle?

Plucking risks: I am not a dermatologist, but as far as I know, if you pluck a hair, you can reasonably expect that hair follicle to either be removed with the hair itself or to be damaged such that it will not grow another hair in that area. Do not pluck hairs you want to grow back again - best to just trim them. If you have hairs you want absolutely gone to never grow back, then plucking would be the way to go. ...Read more

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Anxiety causing red hair follicals and pimples?

Anxiety causing red hair follicals and pimples?

Unlikely from anxiet: I would recommend you see a dermatologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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Does herpes affect hair follicles on the scalp.

Does herpes affect hair follicles on the scalp.

Antiviral medicine: Dear Faye: skin herpes can certainly affect hair folicles...I would certainly recomend a visit to the dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis and the then start taking the apppropiate anti-viral medicine... ...Read more

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Does waxing reduce the hair follicle and does less hair grow back over time?

May be: Repeated waxing may damage some of the hair follicles so that fewer hair would grow back. It is a limited area that you are concerned about, you may consider laser hair removal. ...Read more

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Does applying hair gel causes pimples or hair loss?

Does applying hair gel causes pimples or hair loss?

Hair gel: Very unlikely at your age. That said, if you do indeed have pimples and/or hair loss start with a clinic visit to your primary doctor. ...Read more

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How does an infected hair follicle look?

"pimple" at hair: It looks like a pimple develop around or at the site of hair. ...Read more

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Can shaving your head hair cause hair growth?

Can shaving your head hair cause hair growth?

Shaving hair: NO, shaving does not "cause" hair growth. The old wives tale that shaving hastens hair growth in adolescence APPEARS to be true because adolescents are at the age when hair growth begins! Also, when you shave hair it becomes prickly, and more noticeable to the touch. The hair follicle beneath the skin does not know whether the hair above it has been cut long, short or completely shaved. ...Read more

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Will brushing hair stimulate hair growth? Specifically eyebrows

Will brushing hair stimulate hair growth? Specifically eyebrows

Hair brushing/growth: Not that I am aware. Talk with your doc, if thin brows, may be genetic or due to condition such as a thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Can lump from sweat gland or hair follicle be painless and infected?

Can lump from sweat gland or hair follicle be painless and infected?

Yes when small: The white-heads acne are typical examples of an infected sweat gland/hair follicle, which is often painless when tiny/small. When coalescedd involving few together or enlarged is called a furuncle(picture here), and even larger (two or more furuncles) is a carbuncle which are commonly known as boils which can be quite painful and needs treatment. If you have trouble, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does hair grow over alopecia barbae?

Does hair grow over alopecia barbae?

Many a times: Alopecia Barbae = Bald spots in bearded areas. See Dermatologist. (Many a times the hair grows back - not all of them. The treatments that help sometimes are 1.Minoxidil 2. Cortizone creams (more help with injections) and 3. ? Anthralin cream or ointment.) ...Read more

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Bleaching on hair increase the hair growth?

Bleaching on hair increase the hair growth?

Bleaching hair: Bleaching hair does not have any effect on hair growth. Bleaching may stress the hair shafts and cause split ends or breakage. ...Read more

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Can massaging the scalp help stimulate hair growth or thickening of existing hair?

Can massaging the scalp help stimulate hair growth or thickening of existing hair?

Mildly: No answer to male pattern baldness or you would see no man with this genetic condition. It is a fact that many of us we become hairing impaired with this terminal condition. ...Read more

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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