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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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Painful bump between inner/outer labia, I just shaved so I thought ingrown hair, but this is the area w/o hair. Looks like whitehead. Never had sex.

Painful bump between inner/outer labia, I just shaved so I thought ingrown hair, but this is the area w/o hair. Looks like whitehead. Never had sex.

Bartholin cyst: What you described suggests a Bartholin cyst, due to blockage of the duct of gland normally present at the opening of the vagina. It is of no concern, unless it gets infected. Shaving your private parts is not a good idea and it makes you more likely to get infection.
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Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I've had what I thought was ingrown hair on leg, red around it size of quarter, a little warm and swollen, had since yesterday. Should I go to doctor?

I've had what I thought was ingrown hair on leg, red around it size of quarter, a little warm and swollen, had since yesterday. Should I go to doctor?

If worsens: Draw a line around the red swollen area on your leg. If the area grows, gets more red, stays warm, or you develop a fever, then I would go to see your Doctor as you may need antibiotics or debridement. ...Read more

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I had a bump I thought was an ingrown hair on the outside of my vag and its starting to bed bigger and swollen. What could it be?

I had a bump I thought was an ingrown hair on the outside of my vag and its starting to bed bigger and swollen. What could it be?

See below: If the bump is on the lips of the vagina it could represent a bartholins cyst or abscess. Could be an infected hair bump. If it continues to enlarge or becomes increasing painful you would need to see your gynecologist. ...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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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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Painful smooth swollen bottom lip near what I thought was an ingrown hair. So big now I can barely drink and talk properly. What could this be?

See doctor: Pain often suggests the presence of an infection. If you have trouble drinking after the fluid has passed your lips, you need emergency care- rush to the ER-especially important if you have trouble breathing or a family history of throat swelling. ...Read more

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A month ago I had what I thought was an ingrown hair in inner thigh. Red, painful, had puss. Now it's purple with hard bump under skin?? I'm std free

Did your squeeze it?: If you did then the hard lump are white blood cells trying to scavenge the remaining bacterial breakdown products (pus). If you did not squeeze it, have a MD take a look and see what happened and if needed provide a Rx for topical use and antibiotics if severe. ...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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Think I got spider bite 2 days ago. I thought it was an ingrown hair and picked at it. How do I know if it when to seek treatment?

Think I got spider bite 2 days ago. I thought it was an ingrown hair and picked at it. How do I know if it when to seek treatment?

If there is redness: If the area becomes more swollen, red or painful it is likely you have an infection and not just a spider bite. We often see patients in the ER with "spider bites" which turn out to be infections from hair, pimple or boil these often grow MRSA or resistant Staph infection so it is better to get it checked sooner rather than later if it is looking red or infected. Usually treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or ...Read more

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At first I thought it was an ingrown hair or just a pimple from shaving in my public area, but now I have a cluster of puss like bumps.

At first I thought it was an ingrown hair or just a pimple from shaving in my public area, but now I have a cluster of puss like bumps.

Skin infections: Pus filled bumps on the skin are usually the symptom of a skin infection. When they become red, warm to touch and painful it is called cellulitis. Treatment of this includes oral antibiotics and occassionally drainage. See your doctor, because resistant infections are becoming more common and require special treatment. ...Read more

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I have a 'pimple' on my knee but it's mostly white and looks like there's fluid under it. I shave and thought it was an ingrown hair?

Cyst: This may represent an Epidermoid cyst. Follow with your PCP or dermatologist and they can remove it if it bothers you! ...Read more

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I have a lump around my armpit. At first I thought it was an ingrown hair, but its really big to be an ingrown hair. Can it be something else?

Go to your doctor: It may still be an ingrown hair or a cyst but it is time to have a health care professional look at it. If you can't get into your doctor right away. Go to an urgent care center and have someone look at it and document it. ...Read more

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Thought I had an ingrown hair on labia it seems to be getting worse is swollen looks like a grouping and really hurts if touched, could it be herpes?

Thought I had an ingrown hair on labia it seems to be getting worse is swollen looks like a grouping and really hurts if touched, could it be herpes?

It could be: Genital lesions must be visualized to determine the cause. What you describe sounds like an infection of some sort. Herpes is one possibility but there are others. Consider seeing an Obgyn or attaching an image in a virtual visit with a Healthtap in your state to narrow down the cause. ...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

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I have a small hard pimple looking bump on the lower part of my outer vagina lip. I shaved and thought it was an ingrown hair. Hard and painless?

Inclusion cyst: This may be similar to an ingrown hair and is likely an inclusion cyst. If this should grow, you may want to have it evaluate by your gyne or have it checked at your next exam ...Read more

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I have a growth or lump on right side just above Adams apple. I thought it was an ingrown hair, but it hasn't gone away. No pain. Thyroid nodules?

I have a growth or lump on right side just above Adams apple. I thought it was an ingrown hair, but it hasn't gone away. No pain. Thyroid nodules?

Have it evaluated: Is the mass firm, or soft? Mobile or fixed? It could be any number of things, however, if it is new and is concerning, you should probably have it evaluated by your primary care physician first. It could be just a simple cyst, in which case an office based excision will take care of the problem. ...Read more

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I have a solid dime sized red lump on my leg was very sore. Thought it was an ingrown hair so I popped it and it bled a little but is now draining clear liquid...

It may be healing: Or it may be getting infected. If it stops draining, or continues to drain but the liquid turns thick yellow or white, or redness increases in size, or pain or heat increases, go see a healthcare provider to get treated for infection. Otherwise warm compresses to the area 2-3x daily may help reduce it quickly. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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