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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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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 »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

I have a few swellings in underarms. Are they related to cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 28 year old male. For the past five years, I have few swellings on both underarms. Recently, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. While browsing on the internet, for her condition, I found out that my swelling may be of lymph nodes and may be cancerous. This urged me to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your anxiety. However, to assure you and also to explain the swelling related to cancer is usually painless. From your history, it appears that you may be having some hair root infection, because of which lymph node could be swollen. I think more on the line...  Read Full »

I have a bump after getting hurt while shaving. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I did a shave last week and hurt myself pretty badly. Now, I have this bump and it has been a week. I have been using Neosporin, Advil, Claritin, and hot baths. What is this?  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures that you attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Based on the description you mentioned, it looks like a folliculitis (hair follicle inflammation) or a razor bump. But you mentioned in the picture that a similar lesion was...  Read Full »

I have boil under my left armpit. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a boil under my left armpit since yesterday morning or so. It is reddish and painful, and occasionally I may have felt an itch. I have had these before. I just assumed that they were due to excessive sweating, and would just periodically wash with soap water and these would t...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post and images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like a furuncle (infected hair follicle). You will have to take antibiotics preferably Amoxicillin Clavulanate (Augmentin 625) and that will solve the issue. For more inf...  Read Full »

Why do I have little hair follicles and scars on my legs and hands?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 27 years old and female. I am experiencing this bizarre thing on my skin where little hair follicles develop—scarring all over the legs and hands. It is becoming more prominent daily, and the pores are getting bigger. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Your descriptions show you have ingrown hairs, which may be confirmed by sending a few photos. Shaving, waxing, and tweezing undesirable face and body hair are the most prevalent causes of ingrown hairs. Removing hair...  Read Full »

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. Sharath Kumar. C

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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 Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

What is the reason for recurrent lumps in my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump in my penis. When I had this before, it just went down using a cream and it has come back five months later in the same place. I have had the same partner. I had sex repeatedly and a week later, I noticed it. I have attached a picture.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems to be a furuncle secondary to an infected hair follicle, which might be caused by pulling out of hair. Apply a steroid based ointment, so that it subsides. If it is painful, use an ant...  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 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, I...  Read Full »

Why do I get painless red bumps on my scrotum after sexual intercourse or masturbation?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past couple of months, I have noticed that after sexual intercourse (protected) or masturbation, I get these red bumps on my scrotum that feel like a tiny ball. They usually do not cause any pain, and I can tell they are not attached to the testicle. If I do not masturbate for...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is no relation between masturbation or ejaculation and skin bumps or rashes. I want to reassure you that if those rashes are painless, not itching, and disappear by themselves, it is nothing serious. I also would prefer to look at pictures of the lesion to clar...  Read Full »

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