Hair Follicle Infection

Hair follicle infection can be due to ingrown hair, bacterial entry into the follicle, fungal infection, blocked hair follicle due to oily cosmetic products, damaged hair follicles due to activities like hair removal, tight clothes, etc. It can lead to localized swelling with redness, pain, and pus discharge. Antibacterial, antifungal, and steroid skin creams wearing loose, skin-friendly, and breathable clothing, cleaning the affected area with warm salt water are some measures to relieve its symptoms.

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Why do pink spots on my penis turn white on scratching?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 34-years-old male, and I am married. I have had pink spots on my shaft head for more than a month. It is itchy and turns white on scratching. There is no discharge coming out of any kind, no pain, and no erection issue. I am using Fusidic acid and Betamethasone cream for two week...  Read Full »


Dr. C Sharath Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your pink spots on the shaft are called penile pimples, and the causes for penile bumps are as follows; 1) Folliculitis is an infection of hair follicles. 2) Infected pimples. 3) Sebaceous cyst. 4) Epidermoid cyst. It is caused by ker...  Read Full »

I have a wart near my breast. Kindly suggest a medicine to remove it.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small wart just near my breast, it is there from childhood, and it has grown with time. Please suggest some medicines that will remove it. I have attached a picture of the wart.  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send few closeup photographs taken under natural light. Revert with more information to an allergy specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/allergy-specialist  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for a boil that is oozing out from multiple pores.

Query: Hi doctor, I have boils that appear from time to time. Now, I have some boils above my beltline. It started outlining an ingrown hair with a white head. My wife tried to pull the hair with tweezers. But zit popped and we never got the hair. I have used some peroxide on it and drained more. On the n...  Read Full »


Dr. Bincy Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Recurrent boils can occur due to a bacterial infection of the hair follicle and it can cause painful pus-filled eruptions on the body. If you are having a frequent recurrence, then it can occur due to persistent infection or reinfection. Please mention whether you h...  Read Full »

How to treat ingrown hair and dark spots below the belly button?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some ingrown hair and dark spots below my belly button. I do not know what to do. My skin tone is brown and I have this issue for a year. I pluck my hair and it regrows again leaving some dark spots and pimples. Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are having a form of folliculitis. It is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle that occur due to ingrown hair. The growth of ingrown hair can get aggravated due to shaving practice and it needs to be corrected. It is better to trim th...  Read Full »

How to treat little red bumps on the thighs and butt?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some red bumps on my thighs and butt for the last couple of years. It is present on the sides of the thighs and back of the butt. It is not painful or itchy. I thought of it as razor burn and tried to use different razors and creams. But nothing helped me. I also have them on my inn...  Read Full »


Dr. John Bocachica

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have keratosis pilaris. They cause tiny bumps on the sites of hair follicles or just next to the hair follicles and they get irritated easily by shaving. Medications containing Lactic acid tend to work well by unplugging the pores and it reduces the bumps. It re...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for tiny hard lumps on the penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I had noticed small pimple-like hard and sharp to touch lumps on my penis around the Fordyce spots area. I want to know whether it is due to hair follicle or cyst or some STD? I have also tested HIV and VRDL, and the result came negative.  Read Full »


Dr. E Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The lumps are looking like infected hair follicles or inflamed sebaceous cysts. But physical examination is important to know the nature of bumps. If they are infected one, antibiotics are required both oral antibiotics and topical antibiotic cream application. Henc...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for abscesses, which look like an insect bite?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two abscesses, which looks like an insect bite with a dark spot at the center. Both the abscesses are hot to touch with acute pain. One of them is filled with pus and has started to drain slowly. I have attached the photos. Please suggest some medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would not be an insect bite unless it appeared overnight. After reviewing the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it looks like an infection of the hair follicle. For such a skin infection, overweight and diabetes are the risk factors. I would ...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my daughter with painful bump behind her ear?

Query: Hello doctor, A few days ago, my daughter compliants about an itching spot behind her ear. I checked it out and it was red and swollen with a quarter size knot in the center. Tonight she complains of pain behind her ear same spot still red and swollen now with three pearl size lumps. Is this an eme...  Read Full »


Dr. Manu Bharadwaj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is she having a fever as well? Do you find such a swelling, although smaller, behind the other ear, or in her neck, or in her armpits? Does it pain when she is eating or chewing? Did she have a running nose, or blocked nose, cough in the last two weeks?  Read Full »

Why do I get flesh color bumps on thighs, though it is not exposed to sun often?

Query: Hello doctor, I have flesh color bumps only on my right thigh. I noticed it several weeks ago, maybe months after being outside and getting sunburn. I thought it was heat rash but they have not gone away. It seems I have a few more now too. I am not constantly in the sun and when I am I usually wea...  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern, but it would be advised if you send me a photo of lesions so I can guide you better through this.  Read Full »

What could cause a small pimple-like bump on scrotum with hard white stuff in it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two pimple-looking white bumps on my scrotum and want to make sure it is nothing to be concerned about. One I was able to pop easily like a zit almost and the other I tried but it does not seem to want to. It is like the white stuff is hard under it.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. These are infections of hair follicles, which are similar to pimple only. It is usually not concerning but should be treated with antibiotics. It looks quite localized and uncomplicated from the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). So in my opin...  Read Full »

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