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Doctor insights on: Infected Hair Follicle Under Armpit

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Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more


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How does an infected hair follicle look?

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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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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Aside from lipoma, what can be caused by an infected hair follicle?

Aside from lipoma, what can be caused by an infected hair follicle?

Not: folliculitis, granuloma, chronic cyst, sebaceous cyst, abscess may form after infection follicle
There are Other causes for
Lipoma is fatty.
Fibroma fibrous
Neuroma nerve cells ...Read more

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Infected hair follicle above lip that tingles, what should I do?

Infected hair follicle above lip that tingles, what should I do?

Depends: Mild folliculitis usually heals on its own in about 2 weeks. You can take care of yourself at home with warm compresses made with white vinegar or burow's solution. These may ease itching and help healing.
Also, medicated shampoo can be used to treat folliculitis on the scalp. If the infection doesn't go away, you may need an antibiotic or antifungal cream. ...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?

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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An infected hair follicle in armput. Does the pain go when its getting better?

An infected hair follicle in armput. Does the pain go when its getting better?

Warm compress: If no signs of infection, fever, puss drainage or band of redness that is getting bigger around it, apply a warm compress to the area a few times a day and this will help well and quickly. If signs of infection are present or develop, contact your physician or healthcare professional right away. As for the pain, it definitely goes away right after this opens. ...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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How can I prevent a really irritated looking hair follicle (medial mid-thigh) from becoming infected?

Bacitracin + bandaid: What I would do is throw a glob of antibiotic ointment over it, then a big Bandaid -- one of those cloth ones that actually stick. The antibiotic ointment will act locally to wipe out any bacteria that may cause an infection, and the Bandaid will protect the area from further injury which is probably what led to the problem in the first place. In a day or two, if not better - show it to a doctor. ...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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Is a red raised red bumps (looks like penile cyst, infected hair follicle or Fordyce spot) relatively common?

Is a red raised red bumps (looks like penile cyst, infected hair follicle or Fordyce spot) relatively common?

Not uncommon: Without knowing exactly what you have it is very difficult to know the actual frequency, but numerous individuals present with rashes of differing nature. ...Read more

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Infected hair follicles, pustules and acnes are ruining my life. I'm losing hope to have a girlfriend. Is there anyway to stop this?

Infected hair follicles, pustules and acnes are ruining my life. I'm losing hope to have a girlfriend. Is there anyway to stop this?

Skin conditions: At this point, my best advice would be to work with a dermatologist to clear this up. Take care. ...Read more

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Why do I regularly get infected hair follicles on my "private area"? (Sorry, I couldn't think of better words).

Hidradenitis: If this is a recurrent problem you may have a condition called Hidradenitis. There are abnormalities with the subcutaneous oil glands that lead to frequent infections and subsequent scarring. You should ask your GYN/Dermatologist to be sure. Many times this can be treated with antibiotics, occasionally surgery is needed to remove abnormal skin. ...Read more

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How can I clear infected hair follicles from shaving?

Few options: Topical antibiotics may be of help with infected hair follicles (folliculitis). If there is an ingrown hair problem, try not tweezing or pulling the hairs out and don't shave too close to the skin. Also, avoid pressure or traumatizing the area of concern. Laser hair removal is also very effective in that it eliminates the hair follicle and prevents the inflammation. ...Read more

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Red bumps on arm on hair follicle, what is it and how do I get rid of them?

Red bumps on arm on hair follicle, what is it and how do I get rid of them?

Doctor can evaluate: Bumps may be keratosis pilaris, eczema, comedones, and/or folliculitis. Each would have a different treatment, so a primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate and give some recommendations. Rashes are hard to describe in words. ...Read more

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Can I use coal tar shampoo on my pubic hair? For some reason all of my pubic hair follicles are inflamed and hurt to the bottom but not infected?

Can I use coal tar shampoo on my pubic hair? For some reason all of my pubic hair follicles are inflamed and hurt to the bottom but not infected?

Avoid: Waxing, shaving, tight thong undergarments and body oils or lotion. Coal tar derivatives should not be used on the pubic area. Use only gentle shampoo or soap and a very thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone cream. If not red or swollen, I suggest calling your GYN. ...Read more

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Painless lump in underarm. Dr thought hair follicle or sweat gland. Put me on 2000 mg keflex. No lymph modes in arm. Is that why such a high dose?

Painless lump in underarm. Dr thought hair follicle or sweat gland. Put me on 2000 mg keflex. No lymph modes in arm. Is that why such a high dose?

Stop Keflex: No possibility of any benefit from any antibiotic, only risks of bad effects. Probably no need to treat. See a dermatologist if it annoys you. If it grows larger it needs to be checked: suggest a different place. Usually this will be a small cyst in the acne family. If it becomes painful or larger then other things need be considered. ...Read more

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I hav 2strands of hair coming from a single hair folicule on my legs arm. Underarms and back could this be causeing the numerous cyst or boils I get?

I hav 2strands of hair coming from a single hair folicule on my legs arm. Underarms and back could this be causeing the numerous cyst or boils I get?

Cysts: Cysts usually start from a clogged hair follicle. The dead skin and oil have nowhere to go, so the follicle swells and fills up with the matetial. These are harmless, although they can rupture under the skin resulting in inflammation, pain, tenderness, and possible drainage. ...Read more

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My underarms are really dark and I have two or more hairs growing from the same follicle, is there any way to lighten my armpits and reduce hairgrowth. The skin there is also bumpy and uneven and sometimes resembles pimples where the follicles are.

My underarms are really dark and I have two or more hairs growing from the same follicle, is there any way to lighten my armpits and reduce hairgrowth. The skin there is also bumpy and uneven and sometimes resembles pimples where the follicles are.

Acanthosis: If the skin in your "underarms" is significantly different (darker, "velvety" in texture = bumpy) then you should see your physician for evaluation. This type of skin change in the neck folds and in the axilla can be indicative of a more serious health issue and needs proper eval. Your doctor can then refer you, if needed, to the proper specialist. ...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