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Dear Dr Nina: Is waxing to blame for my painful lump?

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Any type of hair removal can irritate the skin

Any type of hair removal can irritate the skin

Any type of hair removal can irritate the skin

Q I have been getting my bikini line waxed for a number of years, usually every two months during summer and less in winter.

I've never had any problems but now I've developed a lump in my pubic area. It's quite large - over an inch or so - and it's painful to touch. It's a solid lump and it's not like a spot. I've tried a warm compress but it hasn't seemed to work. Do I need to see a doctor, or is it something I can sort out myself? Also, should I give up getting waxed, and could this be a symptom of something more serious?

Dr Nina replies: Hair removal, whether done by waxing or shaving, can irritate the skin. It is important to make sure you are using appropriate products and taking good care of your skin. This is especially important in the sensitive pubic are. It is possible that you have developed an infection related to inflammation in your hair follicles.


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