So I have this bump on my inner thigh. It’s reddish purple, and it’s about the size of a nickel. It moves around under the skin, and it’s a little bit tender, but not too bad. There’s no head on it. I don’t shave, so it’s not an ingrown hair. I’ve had one before that went away on its own, but this one is not budging. I did some reading and found a bunch of stuff on MRSA, so that’s freaking me out quite a bit. Any idea?

Warning: pictures under the cut.


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25 Responses to Bump on inner thigh

  1. Swo007 says:

    Have your thighs been chafing against anything at all?

  2. Tetora says:

    Not that I can think of. I do run, but I don’t think there’s much chafing action in that area. Plus it feels like it started from the inside out, if that makes sense. It’s pretty deep under the skin.

  3. Swo007 says:

    Yeah, I sometimes get them from chafing but they can appear for no apparent reason too. It’s a spot/ingrown hair, nothing to worry about as far as I can see but if it hangs around or is bothering you and you are able to, perhaps get it checked?

  4. Tetora says:

    Yeah, I think I’ll give it a week, and if it’s still there, I’ll make an appointment. I just wanted to get some interwebs advice first, before I started freaking out and thinking I’m dying of a staph infection or something, haha.

  5. FfuSuper says:

    My Husband gets these there and they look exactly like that. You don’t have to shave to get ingrown hairs, sometimes they just happen.

  6. Tetora says:

    Do his start deep under the skin? It’s hard to see in the photos, but this is way deep. I know this is a gross analogy (like anything about this isn’t gross), but it’s like the swelling that happens when you’re developing a zit, only much bigger and less painful.

  7. FfuSuper says:

    Yeah, they’re pretty deep. Sounds exactly like what happens to him.

  8. Airova says:

    To me it *really* looks like an ingrown hair. I’ve had little bumps like those and they always turned out to be ingrown hairs.

    And you don’t have to shave (necessarily) to get them. :)

  9. Tetora says:

    See, I never would have thought you could get an ingrown hair without shaving, but now that it’s been pointed out to me, it seems so obvious that you can. This is just so much bigger than any ingrown hair I’ve ever had that it’s freaking me out.

  10. 33asa says:

    Could just be a herpes outbreak. Happens on the thighs sometimes, they can look just like that.

  11. Tetora says:

    I don’t think it’s herpes. I’ve been celibate for three years, and I never had any symptoms of herpes before that period began. Good to know it could look like that, though, just in case. :)

  12. Nwooeva says:

    Looks like the ingrown hairs I get. I don’t shave, either, and get ‘em sometimes.

  13. Tetora says:

    Do they feel like a hard lump under the skin? I’ve had nasty ingrown hairs before, but never anything like this, which is why I kinda freaked out, haha.

  14. Nwooeva says:

    Yeah, that’s what mine feel like.

  15. YbrZero says:

    I also think it looks like an ingrown hair. For me, I never KNOW it’s a hair until I lance the thing out of impatience and a hair pops out with everything else and I’m like “Oh, okay.”

    Try putting a warm wet cloth on it to help it come to a head and it’ll probably work itself out. :D

  16. Tetora says:

    I tried a hot bath last night, and it did seem to help, although besides getting a little smaller, the thing doesn’t seem ready to actually do anything yet. This is one hell of an ingrown hair. Geesh.

  17. Kdgle says:

    I also think it’s an ingrown hair, which I get in places I don’t shave, too. One other possibility — does it feel like there’s something under your skin, like a marble or small nut or pea something? If that’s the case, it could be a cyst. I’m sorry that I don’t have a better description, but I’ve gotten a couple of them on my stomach and it really is like something’s under there that I can move around a bit. They run in my family and are sometimes incredibly painful, and sometimes less so. Some go away on their own, while others have to be lanced by a doc. (There are videos of people lancing their own on the internet, for heaven’s sake PLEASE don’t do that, it’s asking for an infection.)

    I’d try the warm compress route suggested by folks above, and if nothing happens or if it gets bigger/painful, visiting a doc.

  18. Tetora says:

    I also thought it might be a cyst, actually, but it’s so bruise-colored I thought it must be an infection of some kind instead. Whatever it is, if it doesn’t go away by the end of the week, I’ll see a doctor. And don’t worry, I’m too much of a wuss to lance it myself. :)

  19. 27sme says:

    I get these unlovely things occasionally, usually when I’m a bit run down (getting over a cold or something). I find they’re like a boil/abscess/ingrown hair and the less I mess with them the more likely they are to up and go away. I use an antiseptic cream and don’t poke it with anything. If it really hurts, a warm compress is good.

    I’ve found taking zinc and a good multivitamin helps.

  20. Tetora says:

    Y’know, now that you mention it, I am getting over some kind of mystery virus, so maybe a crappy immune system has something to do with it. Thanks for mentioning that!

    And uh… thanks for reminding me that I need to take my vitamin today, too. Damn it. I’m going to be really bad at being old and remembering to take my pills.

  21. 27sme says:

    They really help (she says, thinking, “oh have I taken mine?”)

  22. Mooofa says:

    It’s hard to see from the picture, but, echoing the other comments, this looks like the type of ingrown hairs that I also get on my inner thighs from time to time. If your thighs touch (like mine), sometimes the friction from walking is enough to aggravate it–no chafing necessary! Mine usually take awhile to go away, as well. If it’s practical for you, you might consider covering it with a bandage to keep it from getting angrier.

  23. Tetora says:

    I actually did put a little piece of gauze over it when I went walking today, and that kept anything from rubbing it. Still hurts like a mother, though. How long do yours usually take to go away?

  24. Mynbody says:

    I know this is an old post by lj standards and probably a resolved issue, but– I occasionally get lumps just like that, in exactly the same place (I don’t shave either). They take a while to come to a head, then rupture in this crazy satisfying way (erm… I find it satisfying.) I always assumed they were boils? One memorable one left a scar, but the others have just faded away into the mists of memory

  25. Jawharah says:

    I get them all the time and even went to the Dr one was so bad i could not wear undies because it would rub it so mad that it would make it bleed but it seam to never go away. the Dr sent it of for a bio as she thought it was a growth for something to this day they have no clue what they are or why i get them and i get them not just on my thighs either but in the vagina area all the time i have had to lance a few myself just to make them smaller i come to thank of them as a small blood boil as that’s what it really looks like to me as when i do lance them it’s not a bright red but them dark red of old blood

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