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Title: Ingrown Hair around Incision
Post by: MattyMate on July 20, 2016, 12:48:57 PM
Yes you read that right, I have a red, pusy ingrown hair right next to my incision. I don't know if I should try to dig it out in case i interfere with my internal stitches or to just leave it. Any suggestions are appreciated :)
Title: Re: Ingrown Hair around Incision
Post by: walkingdaily on July 20, 2016, 01:46:16 PM
It can be an ingrown hair, but it could be also bacterial folliculitis.

The bump from an ingrown hair is usually just red, but a hair follicle with bacterial folliculitis usually has a white pus-filled center. Either should go away on its own in ...few weeks. If it is folliculitis, an OTC ointment with the antibiotic mupirocin can speed up healing. If you squeeze it, you can easily spread the infection to a greater area.