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Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
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Experience:  Over 30 years of experience in OB/GYN practice, including teaching students. Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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I've come up in a rash on my bikini line today. What is

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Hi I've come up in a rash on my bikini line today. What is it? I'm really worried! I have uploaded a picture on here, I have been tested for STI in the past month which was negative & went to the GUM clinic on Saturday morning & she said everything looked healthy! I need help I've been suffering with these strange symptoms for over a year now :(
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It appears that you have folliculitis, which is inflammation/infection of the hair follicles.It's fairly common. It's likely due to shaving plus irritation from clothing.There is no suggestion of any STD.It's usually treated by hot soaks with a washcloth, washing the area twice daily with antibacterial soap, and then applying antibiotic, such as bacitracin cream.Until it resolves, it would be best to not shave the area. If you must shave, use an electric razor.There is more information here it doesn't clear up with the above measures, see your doctor or a dermatologist. Best wishes.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
thankyou! I am extremely anxious and conscious of this area at the moment as i keep having lots of discharge & slight irritation but no explanation for it. I've been seen by my gp several times & the clinic but everything comes back negative. I know this is a good thing but my anxious mind is on overdrive at the moment. Is there any chance that my anxiety is causing these symptoms? is it just a hormonal imbalance that will pass in time? also, with regards ***** ***** could you reccomend any electric shavers that are good for that area or an alternative to shaving or waxing to remove the hair?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Also is there any creams I can buy from a supermarket which would help with this?
I'm pretty sure that the rash you have would have no relationship to any discharge.Stress could certainly increase your chance of such a rash.It's not a hormonal imbalance. It's irritation of the hair follicles.I'm sorry, but I don't know much about electric shavers. Probably most are good.An alternative, at least until the rash is gone, would be to cut the hairs carefully with a scissors.Bacitracin and Neosporin ointments are usually sold over the counter in drug stores and supermarkets.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
ok thank you very much for your help.
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