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What could cause sores where the legs rub & noticed blackhead in that area?

I get sores where my legs rub. I also have many blackheads in the same area. The sores take a long time to heal and they don't heal up at all until I pull this rubbery white plug out. They are very difficult to remove them but the second they come out I feel a great sense of relief from pain. It leaves a perfect little hole that starts to bleed once it is pulled out. They sometimes return in the same spot or have multiple rubbery things in one sore. They are v shaped, and very elastic in texture. They don't generally bleed (the sores) until the rubbery thing gets pulled. what are these things? How do I deal with them?
Mon, 1 Aug 2016
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Infectious Diseases Specialist 's  Response
Hi,

Welcome to health care magic.

Based on the details mentioned in your query I am suspecting sebaceous cysts which are caused by blockage of sebaceous glands present in the hair follicles. They get blocked by sebum which is secreted by these glands and when these blockages are removed, they can bleed.
I suggest you keep the affected areas clean and dry. Avoid tight fitting clothes which cause increased sweating in those areas.
Also get a prescription of antibiotics to avoid infection and recurrence of these cysts.
Local application of Benzoic acid over the affected area will be useful.
Thanks.
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