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Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of ...Read more


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My boyfriend has three flap/pockets of skin holding black stuff, I thought it was an ingrown hair but the black stuff I got out and a hole remains?

My boyfriend has three flap/pockets of skin holding black stuff, I thought it was an ingrown hair but the black stuff I got out and a hole remains?

Comedone: This is probably a comedone (blackhead) which is basically a skin pore clogged with dried oils. The hole usually means that the pore has been clogged for a long time. I would not advise squeezing this areas. ...Read more

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I have a sharp nagging pain in the back of my head. When I touch it, is that an ingrown hair? And how do I make it stop?

I have a sharp nagging pain in the back of my head. When I touch it, is that an ingrown hair? And how do I make it stop?

Gott see it.: Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes a quick look is all that is needed. Given the information we have, a quick look by someone with medical knowledge would be better. ...Read more

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I have a knot on the back right side of my head. First appeared to be like a ingrown hair. Mashed it and clear liquid came out.

I have a knot on the back right side of my head. First appeared to be like a ingrown hair. Mashed it and clear liquid came out.

Cyst: Simple cysts can appear when the fluid of a hair follicle becomes trapped. As the fluid builds up it creates a soft mass. Squeezing it can release the fluid. If it is foul odor then this may be a sebacous cyst. Cysts recur and can become infected. A simple procedure in your doctors office can remove it. ...Read more

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Just pulled an inch long ingrown hair from chin. How can hair grow healthy like that under skin?

Just pulled an inch long ingrown hair from chin. How can hair grow healthy like that under skin?

Yes, can grow very l: But usually irritating to skin, and usually results in a blocked oil gland. Will heal quickly after hair is liberated. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do with an ingrown hair after the hair is removed and there is a hard clump under the skin?

What is the best thing to do with an ingrown hair after the hair is removed and there is a hard clump under the skin?

DoNotMicroDitch-Dig: I'd probably have a drink then go see"The Revenant, " but in your case I'd think about how it was removed & whether there's a "remenant" in there still growing or maybe an irritant like residual sebum or epidermal debris. But I wouldn't go digging at it. I'd wait a couple of weeks & if still there I'd have a drink, go see"The Revenant" than go see a dermatologist, thankful I'm not an 1830's fur trapper ...Read more

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I have an achy bump on the back of my head, right under the base of my skull; fells kinda like an ingrown hair. What do you think?

Possible: It is possibly an ingrown hair or other small pimple, but it could also be eczema, or even psoriasis. There are many possibilities. If it persists for longer than a few weeks, you might want to have it looked at. ...Read more

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I wax bikini line - found a circular dark shadow/spot under skin. Ingrown hair? Something else? It just looks like a shadow, but can't see a hair.

I wax bikini line - found a circular dark shadow/spot under skin. Ingrown hair? Something else? It just looks like a shadow, but can't see a hair.

Needs evaluation: It is impossible to tell you if this is normal or not in a virtual setting. You must see a MD to evaluate this spot if you are concerned, preferably a GYN. ...Read more

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I have this pain next to my clitoris and I felt to see what it was and its like a lump under neath the skin and it hurts but not an ingrown hair, help?

Plugged follicle: You may have a swollen gland, a blocked duct, or some temporary condition. A couple of hot baths may work to open up this little spot. Worst case scenario may be that you may need to see your fp and take a course of antibiotics for a folliculitis. ...Read more

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I have a bump small bump on my skin on my back. It's a little hard, like an old ingrown hair or something. No puss, not red, doesn't hurt. Should I worry about it?

Best to get checked.: It may be just an irritation but one can't be sure if it may be a malignant lesion such as melanoma. Best to get it checked. ...Read more

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How long can an ingrown hair be stuck in a follicle under the skin?

How long can an ingrown hair be stuck in a follicle under the skin?

A long time: The hair typically makes an arc and will not find its way to the surface. If it does not cause inflammation there is no way for it to exit the skin. Usually they must be extracted carefully. ...Read more

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Ingrown hair in the bikini line area that keeps coming back. And sometimes leaves an open deep hole in skin. 1/16 diameter oozes from time.

Probably...: ...A surgical removal or ablation of the offending hair follicle should solve the problem. Ask your dr about that, it should be a simple procedure. ...Read more

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What's the best way to remove an ingrown hair on my neck? Crusty skin keeps growing on top of it, and picking away at it is just making it worse.

Ingrown hairs: Wikipedia has a very nice illustrated set of treatment steps at: http://www. Wikihow. Com/remove-an-ingrown-hair. Usually ingrown hairs are not difficult to treat and will go away on their own if left alone. From the difficulties you are describing I would be suspicious that something else might be going on, either an infection needing antibiotics, or something like a skin cancer. ...Read more

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Could a skin cyst be from ingrown hair around my penis?

Could a skin cyst be from ingrown hair around my penis?

Maybe: More likely this is a sebaceous cyst. These are not infected but can be removed if unsightly. Get checked out to be sure. ...Read more

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Skin tag, cancer or ingrown hair?

Skin tag, cancer or ingrown hair?

Neither: Skin tag (medical term is acrochordon) is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. Acrochorda are harmless and typically painless, and do not grow or change over time. ...Read more

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What's a quick way to heal an ingrown hair or skin bumps from beard?

What's a quick way to heal an ingrown hair or skin bumps from beard?

Soak it: The key to this is to get the hair to the surface. Hot soaks will usually work but could take a few days to do. Soak with hot washclothes 15 minutes every 3-4 hours and it should surface and go away. There is also something available over the counter called outgrow that I have head some use successfully. I hope it helps. ...Read more

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I hv ingrown hair in some areas, recently I hv noticd a hair grown under my skin on leg, please tel me posible reason and cure for it.

Shaving promotes: Part of the answer is quite basic. Shaving hair short so that the hair is below the skin surface greatly increases the frequency of the cut hair end growing back out through the surrounding skin, thus developing ingrown hairs. Angles of hair follicles, how skin is treated, tight clothing, etc. Can all compound. Teasing them out with needle or dermabrasion only tx, a mechanical issue. ...Read more

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I have a small black spot under my skin on my chin. It doesn't appear to be infected. It's noticeable though. I think it's an ingrown hair but have?

I have a small black spot under my skin on my chin. It doesn't appear to be infected. It's noticeable though. I think it's an ingrown hair but have?

Let the expert: Your doctor decide (diagnose) what it is, see your doctor to make sure is not a serious lesion like melanoma, also if you want it to be removed for cosmetic reason, will make arrangements ...Read more

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Had what I thought was an ingrown hair so I tried to pull it out with a needle, nothing there. Mild irrational when first. Start. 24 hrs skin hard dime sized and red/swollen. 48 hrs hard skin now half dollar sized. Hurts when bumped.

Had what I thought was an ingrown hair so I tried to pull it out with a needle, nothing there. Mild irrational when first. Start. 24 hrs skin hard dime sized and red/swollen. 48 hrs hard skin now half dollar sized. Hurts when bumped.

Maybe infected now: Messing with bumps like ingrown hairs can lead to infection at the site. Little bumps that have a "small hard ball" inside may also be acne bumps, which means open comedones (blackheads), small acne bumps (closed comedones), or small acne pustules (whiteheads). They could also be molluscum, which are caused by a virus. A doctor can check to see if antibiotics are needed to treat it. ...Read more

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What would a small hard lump that moves with skin in groin area be? Close to bikini line...ingrown hair? Should I be concerned, score to the touch

Folliculitis: You are correct. Along the line of the bikini at the legs is a common area for follicular abscesses. Treatment with antibiotics, or excision for recurring abscesses is at times needed. DrG ...Read more

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I have had a laparoscopy and where the scar is (on my pubic area) there is an ingrown hair right under a few layers of skin how do I remove the hair?

I have had a laparoscopy and where the scar is (on my pubic area) there is an ingrown hair right under a few layers of skin how do I remove the hair?

Like a splinter: The trick is to get a pair of fine tweezers, good lighting and glasses (if you need them). Take a sharp needle and fine tweezers and clean them, also soak in rubbing alcohol. Dry and place on clean towel, wash the skin area and swab over with rubbing alcohol. Pick the skin over the hair with the needle until the skin is broken then use the tweezers to grab hold of the hair and pull out. ...Read more

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There's a bump on my vagina and at first I thought it was an ingrown hair until I peeled of the dry skin and white puss came out?

Early infection: Hello LanaO,

Is there any redness/swelling or pain around the ingrown hair? White pus can be a sign of infection. I would recommend warm compresses. If you have redness/swelling/pain/fever or chills seek medical attention for antibiotics or drainage of the area. Also avoid shaving to prevent ingrown hairs.

Regards,
Dr. Cacho ...Read more