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

I have a bump on my chest thats 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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Ingrown Hair: Definition

Our hair follicles are meant to erupt and to grow straight out of the skin. Often, a hair may turn into the channel out of which it should grow, and penetrates the skin, causing swelling and irritation. This may happen because of blockage or with very curly hair. These are not always a problem unl ...Read more

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Checklist: Reducing Ingrown Hairs

Change razors frequently
Monthly
Gently remove ingrown hairs with a needle before they become trapped
Once
See a dermatologist for topical and/or oral antibacterials if needed
Once
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A bump in the shaved area; could it be an ingrown hair or twisted hairs?

Yes: Warm compresses to bring to surface. If it persists it can be drained to prevent infection and possible scarring. ...Read more

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I have a tiny bump on my skin caused by ingrown hair and my skin has completely covered the hair. how do i remove it? the bump does not hurt.

Ingrown hair: I would leave it alone - if the bump starts to enlarge it will need to be removed along with the offending hair sometimes warm compresses help open these things ...Read more

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Checklist: Reducing Ingrown Hairs

Bathe or shower with only soap and water
10 Min, Once, forever
Scrub commonly affected areas with a loofah
5 Sec, Daily for 2 weeks
Allow hair to grow out in areas you shave
Once
Wear clothing that does not cause irritation
Once
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Checklist: Reducing Ingrown Hairs

If you shave, use a good sharp razor
Once
Always use shaving cream when you shave
Once
Consider laser hair removal
Once
Avoid tight, non-breathable undergarments
Once
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I have a ingrown hair and the bump popped. Some white stuff came out of it. Some blood came out. What to do to it.

I have a ingrown hair and the bump popped. Some white stuff came out of it. Some blood came out. What to do to it.

Folliculitis: An ingrown hair will cause local inflammation and infection at the hair follicle base. This condition is called folliculitis. A raised, red, tender pustule develops with usual spontaneous expression of purulent material as you described. Warm compresses and good hygiene advised. It can be related to your razor blade and shaving techniques. Seek medical advice for persistent problems. ...Read more

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