3 times in the last 4 months I have had a zit the did not come to a head and turned infected under the skin. each time its like a rubber knot has been placed under the skin, and is very painful! I have never had this problem before, so what do you think is going on?
this is very tender, ruff and warm to the touch, very painful when in a area that requires movement. This current one is just below the right bottox. I have had one inside the nose, and one on the strotum, each time caused by zits. The hard rubber type impression under the skin last much longer than the infection and takes weeks to go away.
Sounds like folliculitis - inflammation of one or more hair follicles. It can occur anywhere on the skin. Symptoms: Common symptoms include a rash, itching, and pimples or pustules near a hair follicle in the neck, groin, or genital area, or anywhere on the body. Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, blockage of the follicle, or shaving. In most cases of folliculitis, the damaged follicles are then infected with the bacteria Staphylococcus (staph).
Barber's itch is a staph infection of the hair follicles in the beard area of the face, usually the upper lip. Shaving makes it worse. Tinea barbae is similar to barber's itch, but the infection is caused by a fungus.
Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a disorder that occurs mainly in black men. If curly beard hairs are cut too short, they may curve back into the skin and cause inflammation.
Hot, moist compresses may promote drainage of the affected follicles. Treatment may include antibiotics applied to the skin (mupirocin) or taken by mouth (dicloxacillin), or antifungal medications to control the infection.
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