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What are symptoms and signs of an ingrown hair?

Symptoms include itch and tenderness at the ingrown hair area. An ingrown hair can lead to a localized foreign-body inflammatory reaction, which causes the pinpoint red or pink bumps on the skin. Some of the bumps may be slightly red or have an accompanying light-red halo indicating inflammation. Sometimes, the curled hair can be barely visible at the center of the bump. Small pus bumps or dry red bumps are often scattered over an area that has been shaved recently. Often the bumps start a few days to weeks after hair removal and get worse as the hairs grow back. Acne whiteheads, called milia, may also be in the same areas as ingrown hairs.

Individuals who have ingrown hairs may experience a painful acne-like eruption after shaving. The upper skin layers may have some dilation of the small superficial blood vessels, which gives the skin a red or flushed appearance. Pustules and rare abscesses may form on the ingrown hair sites due to the infection with common skin bacteria, such as Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas.

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Comment from: Andrea, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 17

My father suffers from the same thing and nothing has worked. They've had him on every antibiotic, done biopsies, have done skin grafts due to wholes in his face, this disease worked itself all the way around his head, face, and back to where it started on his neck. He even had the problem in his ear. He has to tweeze them out himself. No one can give him any answers or a successful treatment plan. He has suffered from this for over 10 years and has been to every doctor, dermatologist and the Mayo Clinic and no has any answer.

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Comment from: frank, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

I have an unusual ingrown hair problem. I have had ingrown hairs in the past and usually can dig them out with a tweezer, but this is very different. I have the typical looking bump associated with an ingrown hair on the back of my neck but instead of pulling out a hair I am pulling out many individual "cotton strand" like hairs that seemed to be attached to something. Now I have a hole there where I can fit tweezers into and continually pull these, for lack of a better description, "fiber like" cotton fibers. Weird.

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