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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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My ovaries were removed 2 years ago. I have an irratation that I thought was an ingrown hair on my scar, a week later I have a open hole. What is it?

My ovaries were removed 2 years ago. I have an irratation that I thought was an ingrown hair on my scar, a week later I have a open hole. What is it?

Could be a suture: That was buried at the time of surgery and is now working its way to the surface. See your surgeon--easy to fix if that is the problem.

Good luck. ...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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I keep getting ingrown hair folice?

Ingrown hairs: If you have ingrown hairs try not to wax, shave or pluck hairs until healed. This can often heal without treatment. Your physician can prescribe medication to clear dead skin cells (retinoids). Steroids may be used for significant inflammation & antibiotics may be considered if the area has become infected. ...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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Need to know how do I treat an ingrown hair?

Need to know how do I treat an ingrown hair?

Extract and cleanse: Wash face often with good cleser.
Be sure to use a good wash cloth for this process.
Use good light and mirror.
Good pair of tweezers
extract the twisted hair and cleanse
repeat the process. ...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

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How can I shave and not get ingrown hairs? How can I treat ingrown hair w/o scaring myslef?

Shaving issues...: Shaving might cause problems in some people which include ingrown hairs, inflammation, infections. My recommendation is to probably use alternative ways to get rid of the hair if the problem is recurrent. You might need to see a Dermatologist and consider permanent hair removal treatment. ...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 keep getting ingrown hair folicle?

Ingrown hairs: If you have ingrown hairs try not to wax, shave or pluck hairs until healed. This can often heal without treatment. Your physician can prescribe medication to clear dead skin cells (retinoids). Steroids may be used for significant inflammation & antibiotics may be considered if the area has become infected. ...Read more

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Should I get my ingrown hair drained?

If it is oozing: If you have an abscess get the hair pulled and drain the pus. Your doctor will perform an incision and drainage (i and d) if need be. You may be infected and drainage with antibiotics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 21, I have 1 old ingrown hair since 16. Is it safe to pop now? Why hasn't it left on its own yet? Lost virginity at 21 so no s t d!

If hair is ingrown: And buried under skin, can stay indefinitely. I would have doctor remove as you can cause superinfection by piercing skin. Does not sound like STD:) ...Read more