What Caused my Red Itchy Bumps/rash on my Legs After my Second Laser Hair Removal Treatment? (photos)

I had my 1st laser hair removal session on my armpits, Brazilian and full legs. My legs have red bumps & very itchy. I've applied ice packs to cool it, alovera, & cortizone cream but nothing works. The only part that was infected were my legs. My dermatologist didn't know what it was, which was weird cuz even I knew that it might be (folliculitis edema). What can I do to prevent this next time? Should I stop the treatment? The itchiness is so NOT worth the suffer. I NEED UR ADVICE DOCTORS

Doctor Answers 3

Inflammation of Hair Follicles After Laser Hair Removal

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It appears you are having a standard reaction to laser hair removal. Inflammation of the follicles is a normal side effect. It should resolve in the next few days. You can apply a topical steroid cream for the irritation or itching.


Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Follicular ediema after laser

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It looks like follicular edema that should usually last less than 4-6 days. During the time the dead hair is pushing out you might experience some itchy feeling. Its normal. Apply 1% or higher cortisone ointment. Its a desirable sign and with more treatments, these will be less and less in frequency and prominence.

Ram Chandra, MD
Edison Physician

Red hives after LHR on legs

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The easiest solution is topical steroid creams. This will relieve itching most likely as well as the redness. 

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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