(Closed) Ingrown hair- ouch!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I would hold a warm compress to it (just run hot water over a towel) for a couple of minutes, or if you have a detachable shower head aim the hot water over the ingrown for a couple of minutes. After that, see if you can lightly press on the sides. If the hair comes out, great. But if it doesnt, I’d go see a doctor, you dont want to press the wrong way and push it further in. I know how painful they can be!

Also, next time you’re shaving that area (just assuming you shaved) make sure you exfoliate the skin really well and wash with warm water beforehand to soften the hairs before shaving.

And I don’t know if you wear tight jeans but sometimes ingrown hairs can get even larger from the lack of air/and the pressure of the tight jeans/pants. I’ve heard it happens a lot lately from the popularity of skinny jeans lol.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If it’s that big you might want to be sure it’s not an abcess.  I had one in about the same area a few years ago, so I went to the doctor and it turned out that I had MRSA which is highly contagious and can invade other parts of the body.  if it gets really pus-y and gross, definitely see a doctor.  And don’t mess with it too much!  I definitely feel your pain!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yikes!  My mom had the exact same thing a few weeks ago, but she had let it go for too long (hoping it would come to a head so she could “pop” it) and it turned into a boil.  She eventually took a sterilized needle and put a hole in the top so she could drain all of the infection out.  All from a little ingrown hair.  🙁

I second @mrscheetos advice.  Especially about the warm wash cloth/water.  It should help open your pores and help with the pain.  I’d also take an advil before you try messing with it, it’ll help a tiny bit with the pain too.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If there’s actually a loop of hair sticking above the skin (that’s what it sounds like from your OP) pull so the loose end isn’t under the skin anymore.  Sometimes I get a really long hair growing under the skin and this always relieves some of the pain!  After I follow up with a warm compress and the use a solution intended to clean piercings.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

To bad there’s no hair.  I get both, the ones where I can pull out the ingrown hair portion always heal quicker!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve had plenty of ingrown hairs in that area, but never where the swelling got anywhere near the size of a ping-pong ball!  And they’re usually a little tender, but no more than a pimple would be.  If I were you, I’d go see the doctor.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Based on the size I would agree with going to the doctor. Even if it isn’t an abscess they can lance it for you and make sure it gets all drained and clean.

I use to get awful ingrowns on my bikini line until a sugaring lady told me to use stridex acne pads! It sounds weird, but apparently it helps keep your pores dry. I just use them for a couple days after I wax and my ingrowns have gotten 1000% more managable, painless, and happen way less often.

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