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ingrown hair

can a single ingrown hair (folliculitis) on the genitals last for a few weeks?
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207091 tn?1337713093
Sure, it depends on what bacteria is causing it, if you've been picking at it, etc.  Since it has lasted this long, you should see your doctor.

Aj
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i never picked at it, so can a single ingrown hair last a few weeks only because of the type of bacteria causing it?
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207091 tn?1337713093
Possibly.  Why don't you go get this checked since you are obviously concerned?

Aj
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it's gone now.  by 'possibly' do you mean it's fairly common or rare or almost unheard of to last that long? i'll get tested in a few months but for now, if you don't mind, can you answer that? thank you.
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207091 tn?1337713093
It means that yes, it could happen.  Folliculitis isn't an std, so I don't know all the specifics on it.

AJ
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can an ingrown hair infected by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus last for a few weeks (3 weeks or more)?
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207091 tn?1337713093
Yes.

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sorry i don't mean to be a nuisance but it can last that long even without picking at it, right?
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207091 tn?1337713093
Yes.  Staph can last awhile, especially if you aren't treating it.

See your doctor, hon.  That's the only way you'll know what you have going on.

AJ
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