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Doctor insights on: How To Know If You Have In Ingrown Hair Or Blackhead

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How to know if you have in ingrown hair or blackhead?

How to know if you have in ingrown hair or blackhead?

By looking: An ingrown hair is a hair shaft that is growing into the skin instead of outward; a blackhead is a plugged-up oil gland with a dot of dark pigment (not dirt) on top. Both are identified visually. ...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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I have this red itchy bump with a black center & it is not a ingrown hair or a blackhead it's not a rash its on my inner thigh on my right leg ?

I have this red itchy bump with a  black center & it is not  a ingrown hair or a blackhead it's not a rash  its on my inner thigh  on  my right leg ?

Possibilites: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health and Dermatologic conditions are hard to evaluate without seeing them in person. Bug bite, local trauma, multiple ones of them would mean something totally different, in theory, local infection possibly... probably other possiblities consider our video service. ...Read more

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Hi, I have blackheads or may be ingrown hair on my lower legs (portion between knee & ankle). What I remember is, I used to pierce them out a few years back, until now when I realised they started leaving a mark, usually a black mark, the pores are open,

Hi, I have blackheads or may be ingrown hair on my lower legs (portion between knee & ankle). What I remember is, I used to pierce them out a few years back, until now when I realised they started leaving a mark, usually a black mark, the pores are open,

Unusual: I am not sure why you are having acne on your legs as this is a bit unusual. There are some excellent treatments for this type of acne. See your derm or PCP for treatment recommendations. These are frequently topical treatments. ...Read more

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I have a red circle with what looks like a cyst in the center &sometimes has a black head. It on my vagina.I think ingrown hair.been there for 5 days?

I have a red circle with what looks like a cyst in the center &sometimes has a black head. It on my vagina.I think ingrown hair.been there for 5 days?

Sounds like it: If this is around a hair follicle it is called folliculitis. It will respond to drainage but may require an antibiotic to treat. If it worsens, see your doctor as these can sometimes progress to a full blown abscess. ...Read more

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How can I tell if its herpes or ingrown hair I have a red bump on the top of my vagina. Today I popped it and it was like a popping a black head ?

How can I tell if its herpes or ingrown hair I have a red bump on the top of my vagina. Today I popped it and it was like a popping a black head ?

Ingrown hair: You ask a good question and any painful lump or bump on the vagina warrants examination, however this is more likely an infected hair follicle/ingrown hair/folliculitis given that herpes tends to look like a small, clear, fluid filled blister with red patches. hope that helps. Keep the area clean and dry. ...Read more

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What do I do to remove my ingrown hair?

A doctor can: A doctor makes a little nick in the skin and removes the offending hair. ...Read more

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What should I do when I have an ingrown hair?

Ingrown Hair: If an ingrown hair is bothering you or has become infected, your doctor can make a small cut in your skin with a sterile needle or scalpel to release it. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine such as: steroid medicine that you rub on your skin to bring down the swelling. Retinoids (retin a) to remove dead skin cells and reduce the skin pigment. Antibiotics either topical or oral. ...Read more