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Irritation from electric shaving, blade shaving, even growing a beard?

Irritation from electric shaving, blade shaving, even growing a beard?

Folliculitis: Many people have this problem. Using regular Alpha hydroxy acids, salicyclic acids can help. Physician grade glycolic peels can help as well as doing laser hair removal to help decrease the amount and courseness of your hair can help to. ...Read more

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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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Are there good ways to prevent ingrown hairs and the itching from shaving pubic hair?

Are there good ways to prevent ingrown hairs and the itching from shaving pubic hair?

Shaving: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more

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Are pimples caused by a bacteria or fungi infection?

Are pimples caused by a bacteria or fungi infection?

Either possible: But this depends upon what you are classifying as "pimples". Acne may be enhanced by bacteria that are not necessarily causative. Some fungi can present with skin eruptions that may look like pimples. Staphylococci can produce skin abscesses (boils) that some will call pimples. ...Read more

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How can I clear infected hair follicles from shaving?

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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Can u get bacterial infections on the skin such as boils from snoking meth?

Can u get bacterial infections on the skin such as boils from snoking meth?

Yes: People on meth tend to pick on their skin that can provide a portal of entry for bacteria that infect hair follicles and result in boils. ...Read more

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How to distinguish axillary lymphedenitis staph infection from intriginous yeast infection of armpit?

How to distinguish axillary lymphedenitis staph infection from intriginous yeast infection of armpit?

Staph infection: Usually presents with pus while fungal infection generally presents as red, scaly superficial skin patch or lesion. See ur dr for any concern. Take care! ...Read more

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How to prevent pubic hair from growing and itching after shaving?

How to prevent pubic hair from growing and itching after shaving?

Many: If we assume there is no hormonal or medical cause for abnormalheair growth then unfortunately the ways of making hair growth less are minimal. Waxing pulls hair out from the route so although it's uncomfortable it tens to work better than shaving with less itching. Laser removal is expensive but works even better and semi-permanently. Your final and most tedious option is electrolysis, expensive ...Read more

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Are the diarrhea coming from infections contagious?

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Are the diarrhea coming from infections contagious?

Infectious diarrhea: Infectious diarrhea can be due to various species of viruses, bacteria or parasites. They can be contagious, some more so than others. If someone has diarrhea due to a viral infection, you could catch it by the infected person sneezing on you (via nasal secretions, resporatory droplets, etc). Proper hand washing is critical. ...Read more

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Can a male die from penile yeast infection?

Can a male die from penile yeast infection?

Next to impossible: Fortunately! unless you are immunosupressed on chemotherapy or HIV positive there is nothing to worry. Local treatment should fix it easily. ...Read more

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Can broken skin from scratching be due to a yeast infection?

Can broken skin from scratching be due to a yeast infection?

Doubtful: You may have a yeast infection causing you to scratch, and if you scratch too vigorously you can break the skin, but one does not necessarily have anything directly due to the other. ...Read more

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Any procedures to remove completely mild scaring from acne ? A few from shaving with a razor(legs)

Any procedures to remove completely mild scaring from acne ? A few from shaving with a razor(legs)

Won't be complete: And only your dermatologist can do this for you. We can hide acne scars but not make them vanish. I'm glad you're finally being treated scientifically. A little scarring gives a real, authentic woman's face character; celebrity and internet photos aren't true-to-life. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can women suffering from galactorrhea cause HIV or some kind of bacterial or fungal infection in adults from sucking those breast?

Can women suffering from galactorrhea cause HIV or some kind of bacterial or fungal infection in adults from sucking those breast?

No: An adult sucking a breast with galactorrhea will not cause HIV in either party. Your profile states unprotected sex, if the sex is with multiple partners, that is a greater risk of catching HIV or other sexually transmitted infection. ...Read more

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How to distinguish axillary lymphedenitis causedby staph from intriginous yeast infection of armpit?

How to distinguish axillary lymphedenitis causedby staph from intriginous yeast infection of armpit?

1st step: Yeast has the appearance of confluent redness- worse in crease and small red bumps in the periphery. Generally there is no fever or pain with yeast (itchy). So if fever, pain, pus or spreading outside of axilla go see your doc. If not, try lotrimin (clotrimazole) for a week or so, use powder to keep area dry, avoid deodorant :( , reduce the sugars in your diet and see if it improves. ...Read more

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Is bacterial infection from tattoo contagious?

Bacterial infection: It is not likely that bacterial infection affecting a tattoo is contagious in the sense that it will be passed on to persons in the vicinity. If it is due to staph aureus it can colonize people in direct contact, and they can subsequently become infected if they have breaks in the skin, but this is a far stretch from being "contagious". ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an infection from shaving?

Symptoms: Shaving may cause follicles to become inflamed with 'ingrown hairs' that are not necessarily infected. If the area is hot, tender, swollen, indurated or has purulent material present then there concern for an infection. ...Read more

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My vagina has been itching mainly lips & clitoris. I noticed a white discharge inside the lips. Could this be a yeast infection? Or just from shaving?

My vagina has been itching mainly lips & clitoris. I noticed a white discharge inside the lips. Could this be a yeast infection? Or just from shaving?

Yeast,STD or allergy: Yeasy infection should respond to antifungal creams such as lotrimin (clotrimazole) or monistat. See your family or gyn dr. If there is any chance you might have a sexually transmitted disease. Could you be allergic to the soap or shaving cream used?. All symptoms could be from any of above 3. Good luck. ...Read more

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Two nights ago I was shaving near my butcrack and I cut myself a little. I'm afraid I have an infection and will die. I can't really see anything ther?

Not to worry: This area suffers minor trauma in many activities and infection is rare - usually requiring some systemic internal breakdown in the immune system. Shaving of the pudendal area is common and breaks in the skin surface happens regularly without any infection resultant. ...Read more

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A week ago, while I was shaving I accidentally cut my leg. I believe I have an infection, what should I treat my cut with?

A week ago, while I was shaving I accidentally cut my leg. I believe I have an infection, what should I treat my cut with?

Small cut : Small cuts can be treated with neosporin ointment for a few days. If the wound doesn't heal after few days see a doctor. Neosporin can be found on the shelf.. Don't need prescription. ...Read more

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I cut my bikini area shaving & was going to wear my husband's looser underwear for a few days.Is it safe to wear his or can I get any infections?

I cut my bikini area shaving & was going to wear my husband's looser underwear for a few days.Is it safe  to wear his or can I get any infections?

It is safe: There should be no problem wearing clean underwear if it doesn't rub and irritate the area more. You should probably put some over the counter antibiotic ointment on the cut and cover it with a bandaid or gauze to keep it clean. ...Read more

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Spraying cologne in cut after shaving accidentally any risk for infection etc.? Same as aftershave? ?

Spraying cologne in cut after shaving accidentally any risk for infection etc.?  Same as aftershave? ?

Quite low: Realize that most fragrances, including cologne's have an alcohol base, which makes it difficult for many microbes to survive. The same can be said of many aftershaves, at least from an alcohol base perspective. Your more likely though, to create irritation of the cut related to the chemicals rather than cause an infection. ...Read more

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Shaving with a yeast infection caused painful bumps. What should I do?

Shaving with a yeast infection caused painful bumps. What should I do?

Not shave: Don't shave if it causes pain while you have a yeast infection. Shaving isn't a necessity, but treating the yeast infection is. The bumps will subside. A warm bath soak might help, Ibuprofen for pain. ...Read more

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I cut my armpit while shaving. It bled and now it is itchy. Is there a chance of an infection?

I cut my armpit while shaving. It bled and now it is itchy. Is there a chance of an infection?

It could be: Especially if there is swelling, warmth, tenderness or drainage. Please get medically evaluated if it appears that the laceration is infected. ...Read more

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I injured the pubic area while shaving I am suffering from fever and pain over the area. Is it lymph node infection? What should I do?

I injured the pubic area while shaving   I am suffering from fever and pain over the area. Is it lymph node infection? What should I do?

See MD : Fever is not local, but systemic and is not a usual response to a shaving mishap. Is there pus, swelling? How long? Impossible to tell you over the net, but it is possible you have a staph infection. Fever is a hallmark of infection. Your lymph nodes swell as they drain the infected area, and are not the primary infection. If this something that you are truly 'suffering" from: see md, antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have pink skin from a scab from a shaving cut on my leg- how long does it take for the pink skin to go away? It has been a month- no infection

I have pink skin from a scab from a shaving cut on my leg- how long does it take for the pink skin to go away? It has been a month- no infection

Depends: This varies based on your skin color, the location of the wound, the extent of the initial injury. It is not uncommon for this to take 2-3 months to resolve. Keep the area protected from the sun. ...Read more

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It burns when I pee but not the same feeling as yeast infection I think I cut my self shaving what do I do ?

It burns when I pee but not the same feeling as  yeast infection I think I cut my self shaving what do I do ?

First aid: Treat this like any other cut. Clean the area with clean soapy water, then consider applying a topical antibacterial ointment like neosporin and of course be seen if you develop any signs of infection. Also if you continue to have pain with urination you may have a UTI and should see your doctor or have a consult with a local doc on HealthTap. ...Read more

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I accidentally cut the inside of my vagina while shaving and it hurts to pee. Could this cause infection? And what could I do to help it heal?

I accidentally cut the inside of my vagina while shaving and it hurts to pee. Could this cause infection? And what could I do to help it heal?

Cleanliness: Avoid intercourse or irritating the area for now. Let it heal. Shower daily and wash the area with soap and water. It will improve with time. ...Read more

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I cut myself shaving 3 days ago. It's now red all around the cut and itchy. It's mostly scabbed over and is not swollen or hot. Healing or infection?

Irritation?: 2ndary infection can be a possibility as well since your description is difficult without a physical exam. Any enlargement including pustules, redness, swelling, warm may be a sign of infection otherwise. ...Read more