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A red ingrown hair looking bump. Picked at it now it's a sore and itches. What could it be?

A red ingrown hair looking bump. Picked at it now it's a sore and itches. What could it be?

Follicultis: An inflammed hair follicle. Could try topical antibiotic like Bacitracin, wash 2 x a day and do not pick. If does not improve in 12- 24 hours go to urgent care /doc as may need to lance it and may need systemtic antibiotics as well. Read more

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Itch (Definition)

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My pubic skin itches mainly at night and cream hasn't helped. I have one or two spots that look like a pimple or ingrown hair what do I do?

My pubic skin itches mainly at night and cream hasn't helped. I have one or two spots that look like a pimple or ingrown hair what do I do?

Pimple or ingrown: Hair suppose not to itch mainly at night. It could be also scabies or herpes. This need to be looked at. See your doctor. Take care. Read more

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I have a red/bruised lump about the size of a pea on my inner thigh. Its not a bug bite or ingrown hair and won't pop. It itches and kinda hurts.

I have a red/bruised lump about the size of a pea on my inner thigh. Its not a bug bite or ingrown hair and won't pop. It itches and kinda hurts.

Bump on inner thigh: Any firm lesion that will not resolve needs to be seem by a physician and evaluated. Leave it up to you MD on weather to remove, biopsy, or let be. Read more

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How can I stop ingrown hairs and itching?

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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Ingrown hairs on my scalp is causing severe itching some swelling under the scalp..

Ingrown hairs on my scalp is causing severe itching some swelling under the scalp..

Pseudofolliculitis: Pseudofolliculitis barbae is also known as barbers's itch. What you describe here may or may not be consistent with this pseudofolliculitis. It usually occurs where curly hairs are plucked or shaven. These hairs then grow beneath the skin. This most often occurs on the chin or neck. The best prevention is to grow a beard or let the affected hair grow out. One can also pluck the hair out. Read more

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Are there good ways to prevent ingrown hairs and the itching from shaving pubic hair?

Are there good ways to prevent ingrown hairs and the itching from shaving pubic hair?

Shaving: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. Read more

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I had a Brazilian wax and I shave my vagina every week. Now I have ingrown hairs, bumps, itching, and peeling skin. What can I do?

Grooming: One usually does not go to the doctor for grooming advice. But, here the answer is simple. Either stop shaving or change your razor. Read more

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I shave ALOT down there, and for a couple mths, I've had tiny ingrown hair like bumps on my lower vulva area, don't hurt or itch. What is it?

See ans: Shavibg the gdids can cause irritation to the skin and possibly ingrown hairs. You skin in this area is very tender and must be treated gently. Try electric razor see if you feel better. For the irritation put I. Done antibiotic ointment and let the area heal Read more

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Can ingrown hair on my vagina make you itch?

Can ingrown hair on my vagina make you itch?

Short answer: Yes: It this has been present for more than two weeks, or if it has been increasingly bothersome to you, I would suggest that you be seen by your gynecologist or primary care physician. Most causes of localized external vaginal itching can be easily resolved after an in-office evaluation. Read more

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I think I may have jock itch red rash under area lotion helps it but it also looks as if there's an ingrown hair as well I'm not sure please help?

I think I may have jock itch red rash under area lotion helps it but it also looks as if there's an ingrown hair as well I'm not sure please help?

Jock itch: Jock itch can be treated with over the counter anti-ifungal powders/ cream. If there is an ingrown hair there may be a concomitant bacterial infection so would follow up with doc as you may need topical antibiotics (mupirocin) as well as oral antibiotics (usually bacitracin is insufficient) Read more

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How can I get rid of an ingrown hair in vaginal region? Doesn't hurt or itch but its not appealing. Started as an ingrown hair now looks like a boil

Wait it out: Wait it out is best. It should erupt in time. Otherwise, you could have it surgically extracted by a physician. Monitor for infection - may need antibiotics. Consider permanent hair reduction w/ laser hair removal, especially if this is recurrent. Read more

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I am finding red bumps that seem to resemble a pimple or an ingrown hair, on my vaginal area. They do not itch. What is this and is it normal?

I am finding red bumps that seem to resemble a pimple or an ingrown hair, on my vaginal area. They do not itch. What is this and is it normal?

Molluscum: These may be molluscum contagious, a wart like infection which can be transmitted sexually. This can be spread and be treated easily if caught early with electricity, freezing, or medication. If present you need to be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases. See your gym for exam for proper diagnosis. Read more

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I have ingrown hair and not jock itch on my groin and Thank goodness for that I guess. I also have Fordyce spots on my shaft what do I do about both?

Dermatologist: Both should be taken care of by a dermatologist. Should be an easy treatment for you and save you a lot of worry. Read more

Ingrown Hair (Definition)

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