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Old 06-24-2012, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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I've had an ingrown hair for a few months - I did not realize at first what it was. Now I work on it every few days, using tips off the internet, getting the puss out.
I found this thread, In-grown Hair
but does all that advice help get the hair out? I'm not having a problem getting all the gross stuff out, just not the hair. I'm not sure if I can even see it. Is there any hope? Do I need to go to the doctor?
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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An ingrown hair should clear itself up within a few days...it sounds like you have a cyst not an ingrown hair.

I think you should leave it alone before you end up causing a secondary infection. Use some antibiotic cream on it and you've had it l onger than a week...go to a doctor.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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I can see the hair follicle with no hair coming out, that's why I figure it's ingrown, and it's been a few months, so I don't know where that hair went. It has never hurt (only a little when I touched it) and never discolored.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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Sometimes you can even check with your local pharmacist. He/she could tell you better.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:25 AM
 
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I can see the hair follicle with no hair coming out, that's why I figure it's ingrown, and it's been a few months, so I don't know where that hair went. It has never hurt (only a little when I touched it) and never discolored.

An ingrown hair will continue to grow and it will grow out...if you've had this this long, it's time to see a doctor. I'd hate to see you end up with a nasty infection.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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Thank you...I know I'm being stubborn, but I have one more question....I found this on a website. First it says
"sometimes it misses the hair follicle and instead curls back and grows into the skin to form an ingrown hair." then it says
"let the hair grow out. When hairs are long enough, they won't curl back into the skin."
I'm confused....if it misses the follicle and starts to curl back, how does it fix itself when it gets longer?
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I think they mean stop shaving to prevent more ingrown hairs, ....they aren't talking about the already "ingrown" hair!

If you can get a steralized needle under the hair shaft and get the hair above the skin, you can use tweezers to pull the entire hair out... then clean the site and treat as you would any pimple.


I'm assuming you're a man...always shave WITH the direction of hair growth...don't shave against it! Especially with curly haired men, that can really cause ingrown hairs.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:55 PM
 
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I have a question, I shaved and I have popped what I thought was a ingrown hair and it was a whitehead I thought I got it all out it went down but now it's hard under the skin. What is that? Should I call the doctor
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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It could be an ingrown hair, I am NOT doubting you. It also could be a sebacous cyst especially if it is on your back. If it keeps filling up, getting red, itching and emptying a lot of yellowish stuff that looks like cottage cheese it probably is a sebacous cyst (oil gland infected/plugged). What it took for me to get rid of mine is seeing my doctor and having same-day surgery to remove it. It was about the size of a pea and filled up again when I finally saw it removed. Either taht or chances are it will continue to fill and empty like mine did.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:10 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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Have either of you tried soaking a washcloth in very warm to almost hot water and letting it sit on there for awhile? I can't say for how long but try it a couple times until the cloth gets cool to the touch. If after that, you still can't see or do anything, I'd make an appointment to see either your primary care physician and/or (based on your insurance requirements - get a referral) to a dermatologist.
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