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What are the symptoms of blocked hair follicles?

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At first, blocked hair follicles usually look like breakouts of pimples or boils. They usually form in places where your skin rubs together, like your armpits or groin. If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to have them on your genitals, upper thighs, or under your breasts. For a man, they happen more on your genitals and around your anus. The bumps may come and go or just stay the same. You might get them in the same spot every time, or they might move around your body. If your condition gets worse, you may have:

Your symptoms might change quickly, so blocked hair follicles can look different at different times. One week you might have bumps leaking fluid, and the next, the area may be cleared up.

  • Deep breakouts that hurt
  • Bumps that burst, and maybe leak fluid that smells bad
  • Scars after your breakouts heal. They may get thicker over time.
  • Skin that looks spongy because of deep lines called tracts
  • Infections
  • In rare cases, skin cancer

From: What Are Blocked Hair Follicles? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Organization of Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Organization of Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 09, 2018

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