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Do you have any feedback regarding a chronic swelling of the eyebrows?

By July 12, 2010 - 4:38pm
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The cycle begins with the eyebrow area swelling, booking those hairs from emerging, followed by the skin splitting laterally, exposing what looks like white pellets, allowing normal eyebrow hairs out,but leaving fairly deep small burrows in their place. Very little blood involved, and immediately starts again

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Hello Lachnez

This kind of sounds like some kind of follicultis or infection. Some people get folliculitis from shaving, threading, or waxing. Basically the hairs may be ingrown or the follicles where they come out get inflamed or infected and then you get little pustules. That's what your description reminds me of. Of course, I can't diagnose you but it sounds similar.

You can sometimes treat this at home and we have an article on it: http://www.empowher.com/skin-hair-nails/content/folliculitis-what-hot-tubs-shaving-have-common. But when it becomes chronic you may have a low level infection there, like staph which is on your skin naturally. In that case you may need antibiotics to resolve the infection.

I recommend seeing your health care provider about this because if it is an infection, and if it is staph, it will not go away and it could worsen. You do not want an untreated staph infection, especially near your eyes. Medline Plus has a little page on this as well: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000823.htm, and you can Google images of folliculitis to see if it looks like what you are experiencing.

Please let us know what happens and thank you for writing.

July 14, 2010 - 8:41am
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