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Why Do I Keep Getting Ingrown Hairs
Staph infection: These are probably due to staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria. You should have cultures of the boil to determine what the organism and its sensitivity to antibiotics are. If staph, in addition to receiving antibiotics attempts to eliminate carriage of this should be made with Mupirocin (bactroban) ointment in the nose and washing solely with a hexochlorphine containing soap. ...Read more
No ingrown hair: There is no ingrown hair per se. It's a misconception that people feed on. What you have is inflammation of the hair folicule (sac) that is known as boil or medically as forunculitis. Why you get it is a good question. It indicates that local immune response is impaired. That can be seen in people with diabetes, psoriasis, or other systemic or local causes. Often no cause can be determined. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am prone to get razor bumps and ingrown hairs when i shave down there. How often should I shave and how should I do it?
Insure that you use: Fresh sharp blades vice dull blades. If the hair is more than several mm long – then trim it before shaving it. Wash the area before shaving – warm water can help to soften the hairs. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in the direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Don't shave too often. ...Read more
Why do I regularly get infected hair follicles on my "private area"? (Sorry, I couldn't think of better words).
Hidradenitis: If this is a recurrent problem you may have a condition called Hidradenitis. There are abnormalities with the subcutaneous oil glands that lead to frequent infections and subsequent scarring. You should ask your GYN/Dermatologist to be sure. Many times this can be treated with antibiotics, occasionally surgery is needed to remove abnormal skin. ...Read more
No matter what kind of hair removal process I do I keep getting ingrown hairs on my legs, arms, armpit, stomach and pubic area. Why am i prone to this?
Bacterial infection: This bacterial infection (Staph) can be spread from your nose or throat if you rub your eyes w/out washing hands. It spreads between people too. Never 'pop' them. Ask druggist (or Dr) about gentle eyelid soaps. Wash carefully. Read about it: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/styes.htm Hope this helps! ...Read more
Razor burn: Insure that you use fresh sharp blades vice dull blades. If the hair is more than several mm long – then trim it before shaving it. Wash the area before shaving – warm water can help to soften the hairs. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid putting products on your face that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in the direction of the hair – not against it. ...Read more
Maybe ingrown hairs.: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See Doctor: Unless you have had to take antibiotics for long periods of time, the most common reason for repeated bouts of thrush are either an immune system problem or the candidiasis is not being controlled with the medication you are using to treat it. In either case your dentist or md may be able to help you identify the cause and clear it up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Constantly getting ingrown hairs on underarms even though i tweeze them, not shave or anything. help! ?
Friction: with movement of the arm back and forth can cause ingrown hairs, whether shaved or tweezed. It is also possible that you are getting recurrent infections or even blocked sweat glands, called hydradenitis. Start with giving the shaving and tweezing a break & let the hair grow. Powder to absorb moisture. If you still get infected hairs, see your doctor for further assessment and possible antibiotic. ...Read more
Infection, hidraaden: This can represent a bacterial, yeast or fungal infection which needs to be treated. You also need to be evaluated for underlying problem such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. It could laso represent inflammation of the apocrine glands called hidraadenitis suppuritiva. This is best evalauated and treated by a primary care physician or dermatologist in person. ...Read more
Ever since i started shaving my pubic hair off my privates, I have been having ingrown hairs and boils. Why does this happen and how do you treat it?
KEEPS SCRATCHING: You keep scratching because you are itchy! how long have you been itching? Do you take any medications? Have you changed your soap or detergent? Has anyone else in your family or any friends been itching? Do you have any pets that are itching? Where does your itching occur? Answer all and i might be able to give you a clue. ...Read more
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