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Thanks for the input. You most probably have Chronic Folliculitis or sometimes known as epilating folliculitis. This is a chronic infection of the hair follicles and is often infected with Staph. Majority of the bumps are related to hair follicles (easy to discern as there will be a hair or hair opening within the bumps), though some may occur independent of the follicles.
The infection has a habit of 'jumping' from hair follicle to hair follicle and removing the infected hairs is part of the treatment.
Till you see your doctor you can try these:
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I combined two problems by accident. I asked 2 questions and got confused on which response I received. The initial question I had was not answered or helped. I have wart like bumps on my lower calves. They can be cysts or not, I tried wart removal and it did not work, they are not itcy at all, I only shave and I do not know how to tell about the hair follicles in this instance. There are 3 bumps about 1/2 in in diamater and other bumps forming on my leg of pin head size and they can grow to a bigger size but have not yet so far. I did go into a pool yesterday and when I came out, they turned very white, but then back to normal skin color.
Yes, now you are confusing!You told these bumps come and go. Did you mean only the thigh bumps? Warts usually remains as they are they don't come and go often. They do turn white or macerated after swimming.
So, you have two problems:
1. Chronic folliculitis of thighs
2. Warts on the calf. Just applying wart medicines may not rid of them. You may require Cryo or electro cautery to remove them. Some wart medications, if not applied properly and the lesions not paired(dried tissue scraped off) periodically, can actually help in spreading the lesions.
It is better to confirm the diagnosis before starting the pairing. There are other similar looking skin lesions, like lichen planus, hypertrophic psoriasis, verrucous epidermal nevus, basal cell carcinoma, solar keratosis(sun exposed areas), seborrheic keratosis(face and upper torso usually) etc which may mimic a wart. If there is a delay in seeing a dermatologist, send me a close up clear pic to confirm diagnosis.
What the wart removing solutions does us: Dry up the superficial portion. This has to be paired off every 3rd day then the solution reapplied. As these solutions are acidic, you have to be careful not to damage the surrounding skin by applying a coat of vaseline around before applying the solution to the wart.
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There is some time until my appointment, so I took two pictures as best as I can, these bumps are set on my lower inner left cald not too far up from my ankle. You will also see smaller darker bumps, these are newer ones that I am assuming can get as big as the ones in the picture. I also have 3 higher up on the same leg, and a small one on my right inner leg. I am having trouble uploading the pictures, is there an email I can send them to you or another way of sending them to you?
justAnswer does not allow personal emails. The pics may not be getting uploaded due to the size. Reduce the size using a picture editor like Microsoft Picture manager.(Choose edit pictures>resize>predefined>web large>save to a folder on your desktop). Then upload using the green tree image above.
Here is the first picture I took, and you can see the 3 big whiter bumps and other dark spots around them. These dark spot are smaller bumps that don't seem to be growing.
Here is the same area just a slightly different angle.
These are the best I could do for pictures. I hope it helps
Thanks for the photos. They are warts, the flat variety.
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Verrumal solution is a wart solution that contains antiviral (5-Flurouracil 0.5%); and keratolytic(Salicylic acid 10%). You will get it from pharmacies. The company producing it is Hermal. If this is not available in your area, you can ask for a similar product. If the antiviral-keratolytic combination is not available, you can use normal wart solutions containing Salicylic acid and lactic acid. They are not as effective as verrumal, but will do to get rid of the warts a little bit slowly.
Surgical blades is available in big pharmacies or surgical instruments shops.
If all these sound cumbersome, go to a dermatologist and have them removed with electrocautery.
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