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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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 »
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 have ... Read Full »
What is the treatment for abscesses, which look like an insect bite?
Query: Hello doctor,I have two abscesses, which look like an insect bite with a dark spot at the center. Both 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 »
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 ... 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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send few closeup photographs taken under natural light. 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 »
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 restor... Read Full »
Why am I getting so many painful cysts on my scalp since a few days?
Query: Hello doctor, I developed a few cysts on my scalp a few days ago. The center one is a little large in size, surrounded by small ones. They are very painful and sore. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. The cyst seems to be a hair follicle infection, and it looks hemorrhagic. So, I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below, 1) Take a capsule of Amoxicillin (Penicillin antibiotic) 500 milligrams twice... 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 »
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. Hence, ... Read Full »
Does laser hair removal help with acne?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old man. I would like to ask your opinion about laser hair removal. I have read a lot in the last days and almost everywhere it is said that it is not bad for your health and body and one of the best ways to deal with hair. I am thinking about doing laser removal of hai... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The laser is a safe, painless and permanent method to get rid of unwanted hairs. It is called laser hair reduction to be more precise. Let me explain to you how this laser works: When the laser is passed through the skin, it targets melanocyte (pigment-producing ... Read Full »
I am having a hard lump between my testicles and the opening of my anus. What to do?
Query: Hi doctor,I found this lumpy thing between my testicles and the opening of my anus. I have had a couple of boils before in that area a few years back. I found this a few days ago as I was showering. It does not hurt and it is hard. Maybe it is scar tissue, or something else? Do I need to investigate... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks a little red (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Most probably, it is an infection of the hair follicle (similar to a boil). Keep the area clean and dry. Apply Mupirocin cream twice a day and take the tablet Azithromycin 500 mg in the morni... Read Full »
Why do pus-filled lumps in underarm get bigger on eating red grams?
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from Hidradenitis supperativa (skin disease) for many years and taking antibiotics and Isotretinoin, but the issue is it is keeping on returning. Off lately, I discovered that the lump in my underarms gets exaggerated when I eat dal especially split red gram. I got my bl... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from furunculosis that means the infection of hair follicles. I hope your CBC (complete blood count) and blood sugar are normal. I would suggest take tablet Linezolid 600 mg morning and evening for five days and let me know after five days. I hope t... 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 »
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 »