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Dr. Kakkar S.

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Posted on Tue, 14 Nov 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I've been told this is caused by ingrown hairs looking for something I can find to remove them
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 32 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Upload another good quality image

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us.

I am D. kakkar(Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image.
I can see skin/ flesh coloured raised lesions. However the image is not very clear. It is blurred. Anyways they don't really look like ingrown hairs and I would like to rule out possibility of warts. I request you to upload a clear image so that I am able to confirm.

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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 30 minutes later
here you go
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 19 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Image not received

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

No. I still see the same image. Didn't get any new image.
Kindly try uploading the images again Or you may mail me the images at YYYY@YYYY with the subject line of the mail as Attention: Dr. kakkar.
Contact customer care team if you face problems.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 26 minutes later
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 36 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Ingrown hair

Detailed Answer:
Thank you.

Yes indeed they are ingrown hairs. Not warts. I suggest you to avoid shaving your head as it would predispose to ingrown hair.
For the present condition you may take an oral antibiotic e.g doxycycline 100mg, twice daily for 3 - 4 weeks. You will need prescription for it.
In addition I suggest you to use an antibacterial cream/ ointment e.g either 2% mupirocin or bacitracin ointment or neosporin ointment( neomycin, polymyxin B), twice daily.

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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 30 minutes later
so is there no way to get rid of them?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 50 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Let the hair grow. Avoid shaving.

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Avoid shaving your head altogether, to prevent recurrence. For existing lesions i suggest oral doxycycline and application of topical antibiotic ointment as discussed in my earlier reply.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 9 hours later
can you recommend something that I can buy from Walmart
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
Regarding ingrown hairs

Detailed Answer:
hi.

you can surely find a topical antibiotic e.g Neosporin ointment from a local drug store, however oral antibiotics are available only on prescription.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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