Ingrown hair is a condition where the shaved hair grows back into the skin rather than rising. It is caused due to improper exfoliation of the skin. It causes pain, inflammation, and small bumps in the area of hair removal. In some cases, it gets infected and causes pus-filled sores. Usually, it does not require treatment.
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I have a red and painful swelling in the pubic area, which has grown in size in the last few days. Can it be due to an ingrown hair?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a red and hard swelling in the pubic area around the waistline. The swelling is painful and tender when touched, although I cannot see any pus in it. I think it can be due to an ingrown hair, I plucked the hair in the region, although this did not result in any reduction in the ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the information and image provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The swelling appears to be an abscess from the pictures shared. Swelling at the end of the hair follicle in the pubic area suggests folliculitis, an infection o... Read Full »
I have irritation on the skin near my bikini line. What precautions can I take to prevent this?
Query: Hi doctor,I have been having issues with the skin in my bikini area. Every time I wax or shave, I am consistently getting red bumps and a lot of irritation which is extremely painful and unflattering. I have tried everything they say online: exfoliate, different kinds of creams, and fresh razors, bu... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. With your descriptions, it seems you have ingrown hair. The most common cause of ingrown hairs is shaving, waxing, and tweezing unwanted facial and body hair. Removing hair and leaving the sharp tip so short and close to the skin surface make... Read Full »
I suffer from razor burn and ingrown hairs whenever I shave. How can I prevent this from happening?
Query: Hello doctor, Whenever I shave my legs, I get a bad razor burn and ingrown hairs all over my legs. I have tried everything from changing razors, shaving cream, and moisturizing lotions. How to treat this problem? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. The ingrown hairs are due to the daily trimming or shaving of hairs. The sharp tip of the hair comes in close contact with the skin surface due to wearing tight skinny jeans in hot, humid environments. It is mor... Read Full »
I get acne now and then, which leaves severe scars that persist for more than six months. Please suggest a medication to fade them.
Query: Hello doctor, I had severe acne issues during my teenage, and they subsided over the years. I am 30 years old, but I still get them every two or three months like a bump filled with pus around my nose and cheeks. Some triggering factors are reduced intake of water, seasonal change, trimming the hai... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I reviewed the images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The ingrown hair is due to the wrong way of trimming the hair. The sharp tip of the hair comes in close contact with the skin surface due to the wearing of tight sk... Read Full »
Why is there an inflamed area on my top lip?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a red and slightly inflamed area on my top lip. It has been there for three to four days and it does not seem to go away. I do not think it is a cold sore as I have never got one and has not gotten any bigger. Please, can I have some advice on what to put? I have attached a few ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I request you to kindly upload a few more good quality slightly close-up images so that I am able to have a better look. A cold sore usually presents with a grape-like cluster of fluid-... Read Full »
How to treat a small, hard bump on the penile shaft?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a small hard bump on the back of my penis shaft and it has been there for two years without pain, itching, and irritation. Recently, I started to have leakage of blood from it so lightly and I do not know the reason for having it. I am not sexually active and I practice masturbati... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from a small hard bump on the back of the penis shaft for the past two years. A small bump on the shaft of the penis can occur due to ingrown hair. In most cases, this condition will resolve on it... Read Full »
I used to pull the hairs grown on my neck, and my skin is horrible to look. How to clear my skin?
Query: Hello doctor, I started growing hair on my neck when I was about 12, and since then I have pulled the hairs out with my finger, dug the skin with my nails to get the hairs out of the bumps, used razors and also tweezers. Now my skin looks horrible is scarred up pretty mad. I am embarrassed at how m... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have a case of pseudofolliculitis barbae, although a term reserved for male beard condition, you got it because of tampering and ill hair removing practices. Treatment includes manual correction of ingrown hair (visit your dermatologist) under magnification. Your... Read Full »
What causes little red dots in the legs?
Query: Hi doctor, From young age, I have had little red dots all over my legs and not much hair. I am a 31 year old male and I want to know the problem. There might be ingrown hairs, but I do not know. I have more of them hair especially on the back. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern and examined your given pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). With your given descriptions it looks like ingrown hairs. The most common cause of ingrown hairs is shaving, waxing and tweezing unwanted facial and body ha... Read Full »
I have three painless blisters, looking like bumps on the shaft of my penis. What could it be?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old. My height is 6’4", and weight is 205 lbs. I noticed three decent sized painless blisters, looking like bumps on the shaft of my penis. I had sex before two and a half week. I do feel like I masturbate a lot which I am hoping it is, but I am freaking out with ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The bumps appear to be normal pimples (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Another possibility is an ingrown hair. Herpes vesicles could also be the possibility, but the chances are rare. Since the site is not common and I hope there is no discharge. If ... Read Full »
Why is there a sore pimple in my vagina lips?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a very sore pimple on the inner side of my outer vagina lips. I have had the occasional one in the past on the same side and usually around the same area. It is like an ingrown hair or clogged follicle. I do shave down there. They usually go away on its own but this one seems very... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Shaving or waxing the intimate areas often lead to ingrown hairs, infected follicles out there. Either you can cut it out with scissors leaving a bit or go for laser hair removal. These problems settle down forever. Do use douches, just cleanse the area with water durin... Read Full »