Ingrown Hair

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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What is the lesion present in my left leg for the past 15 years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lesion on my left leg from the past 15 years. I have never shown it to a doctor. I am attaching a picture of the lesion. Can you please tell me what this might be? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Is the lesion painful? Is it increasing in size? This appears more like a benign appendageal tumor. I can narrow the diagnosis with the help of further information. Revert with more information co...  Read Full »

Can shaving against the direction of hair growth cause the development of razor bumps?

Query: Hello doctor,I shave near the genital area. I feel like I shaved against hairs down near the penile shaft. I noticed small bumps, tried squeezing them, and it seemed to irritate them. There are three blister or nodule bumps present.I am concerned about what they are? It has been like a week. They lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Lesions seen are present near the root of the penis (attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity). Multiple pink-colored papules are there. Can you tell me, please, if these bumps are centered around hairs? Or are they devoid of hairs? Also, if the...  Read Full »

Can long-term use of antibiotics cause vaginal thrush?

Query: Hi doctor, I thought I had thrush due to antibiotics for UTI. But I think it is either a severe yeast infection or ingrown hairs. I have one small lump with a red sore and a smaller one next to it with a fissure at the top near my clitoris. I had an ingrown hair last week and pulled it out, and it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history and the picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), I think it is an infection of ingrown hairs. Also, you have caused trauma in that region with a tweezer. Two minor lacerations are seen. This is the cause of the pain. Things you ...  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 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 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 »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

How to treat a hard lump in the groin area?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. I have a hard lump by the inner thigh and groin area for around two months now. I am on contraceptive pills for the past five years.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and the details you presented. Can you feel any pus or fluid kind of thing inside it? Is there any rise in temperature in the area around? Also, did you shave that area where the lum...  Read Full »

I notice a bump on the mole on my chin. Is this melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old female. I have always had a small, raised, symmetrical mole on the right side of my chin. It has always been very benign and had a hair growing out of it that I consistently plucked. About two weeks ago, I noticed a small, shiny whiteish bump on the mole and called my d...  Read Full »

Dr. Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks to be a pretty benign nevus to me. Well defined, uniform colored, small, rough to oval, and symmetrical. I think the nevus perhaps has an ingrown hair ...  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 »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 hair. By r...  Read Full »

Should I worry about my swollen and sore inguinal lymph nodes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a history of skin picking, mainly ingrown hair. I have curly hair, and shaving often leads to ingrown hairs for me, especially in the pubic region. About a week ago, I was popping my ingrown hairs as usual and sometimes I go a little overboard and scratch and pick too hard. In ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concerns. Your details match closely a condition called folliculitis which is an infection of the hair follicles, with or without a hair in the center being visible, and can lead to ulceration and swollen glands in the draining region which is an ...  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 »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

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