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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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I have a bump on my chest that's hard as a rock. My wife thinks its an ingrown hair. Been there for years. I can send a pic.?

Needs to be seen: Probably benign growth. It can be removed will leave scar. The only definitive diagnosis would be removal and submitting tissue to lab. ...Read more

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Can an ingrown hair remain for over 10 years?

Can an ingrown hair remain for over 10 years?

Not typically: Usually this will form a cyst or will be resorbed by the surrounding tissues. ...Read more

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1 wart on labia majora formed years ago (when I was a virgin). Looks like ingrown hair I had a few years back. It doesn't hurt. Is it genital warts?

1 wart on labia majora formed years ago (when I was a virgin). Looks like ingrown hair I had a few years back. It doesn't hurt. Is it genital warts?

Possible: But unlikely. Without examining you cannot really tell what this is, but if you had no sexual contacts previously this is probably a benign cyst or scar. Next time you have a pelvic exam have the gynecologist comment on this. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ingrown hair that is not painful or inflamed has been there for several years. It is roughly the size of two peas side by side how to remove at home?

Ingrown hair that is not painful or inflamed has been there for several years. It is roughly the size of two peas side by side how to remove at home?

Seek a Professional: Removing an ingrown hair is minor surgery, but still carries risks like infection, bleeding and recurrence. Home surgery is not recommended except maybe, rarely in very dire circumstances. Your problem is elective and correctable with proper care. Seek proper care before it becomes infected on its own. ...Read more

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I have a weird dark bump on my elbow. Been there for years, almost look like an ingrown hair. Not painful, not grown in size. Any ideas how to dig deep?

I have a weird dark bump on my elbow. Been there for years, almost look like an ingrown hair. Not painful, not grown in size. Any ideas how to dig deep?

You shouldn't: Dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. Should not dig into skin without specific training or it will cause damage and/or infection. Any urgent care or Er or dermatologist can take care of it. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of and prevent painful ingrown hair around my navel? I've been dealing with this for 10 years, should I see a dermatologist?

How can I get rid of and prevent painful ingrown hair around my navel? I've been dealing with this for 10 years, should I see a dermatologist?

No waxing or shaving: Tretinoin (retin-a) cream can help decrease skin plugging or hyperkaratosis. Topical tretinoin cream may thin out the epidermis, reduce the buildup of dead skin cells, and decrease hair embedding into the follicies. Topical corticosteroid creams with a mild strength can be applied to reduce inflammation of inflamed ingrown hairs. ...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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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,

Dark marks: Piercing your skin is an injury that on healing, can leave dark marks, or PostInflammatory Hyperpigmentation. This can take months to years to fade. Try not to squeeze or scratch skin lesions. Causing an infection there can cause worse inflammation and discoloration. ...Read more

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I get a lot of ingrown hair after I get my legs waxed? What is causing this? How can I prevent it from happening again? I am a 20 year old female

When you wax...: ...You are essentially pulling the hairs out by their roots. When the hair grows back, the shafts have to find their way to the skin surface and the ones that can't become ingrown hairs. The solution is to shave, rather than wax. You'll have to do it more often, but you won't get nearly as many ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal will eliminate the hairs permanently, but that's more expensive. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of ingrown hair scars on my thighs without surgery? I am African American. I've tused ambi fade cream for a year but saw no results.

How can I get rid of ingrown hair scars on my thighs without surgery? I am African American. I've tused ambi fade cream for a year but saw no results.

See a dermatologist: No surprise about ambifade. Not everybody needs the same thing. Prescription cream? Laser? Relax and give it some time? A skin DR will evaluate your needs and desires. ...Read more

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Hi, for about a year I have been getting ingrown hair pimple things on my breasts now I'm starting to get them in my armpits and on tummy what is this?

Avoid shaving, bpo: Ingrown hairs are common. Shaving contributes to ingrown hairs. Avoid shaving or shaving toward the gradient with single bladed disposable razors is best. Wash with benzoyl peroxide containing wash. You may need an antibacterial solution from your dr if it gets worse ...Read more

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Small, not quite pea size hard lump underneath right armpit. Does not hurt, does not form visible bump, no color. Had over a year. Cyst, ingrown hair?

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Small, not quite pea size hard lump underneath right armpit. Does not hurt, does not form visible bump, no color. Had over a year. Cyst, ingrown hair?

Probably a cyst: Cysts are small, firm bumps under the skin that are filled with keratin. When squeezed, some will produce the keratin which is white, cheesy and sometimes stinky. If it is not causing problems or growing, we tend to leave them alone, but it is important for your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Sometimes, if it is not clearly a cyst, we can biopsy the spot to be sure. ...Read more

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