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How to fix an ingrown nose hair

This may sound stupid, but believe me it’s not. If you have ever had an ingrown nose hair then you know it can be extremely painful and a very unsightly condition when it manifests itself. People with curly or wavy hair tend to be much more susceptible to ingrown nose hairs. I seem to get one or two every year of these ingrown hairs on the front most inside part of my nose usually on my left side. They seem to come out of nowhere and makes it to the my nose swell to almost twice its size.

When you have an ingrown nose hair it’s painful to touch it and it will swell up and turn red and unsightly. It starts to look like an angry pimple, but only gets larger, red and shiny. I think the shiny aspect of it is because it flattens out the pores on the nose as it expands. Basically what you have is a nose hair that instead of growing outward grows sideways or back inwards. once I actually have one pop out the other side of my nose. I then just grabbed a pair of tweezers and pulled it out. It healed rather quickly in that case, but most of the time it doesn’t happen like that.

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This is a picture of the typical red bump and swelling from the start of an ingrown nose hair.

Instead it just becomes like a hard knot that hurts, swells and turns redder if you bump it or even touch it. I am sure I am not the only one that gets these ingrown nose hairs. And I do everything the doctors told me to do to avoid getting ingrown nose hairs. Like never pulling out nose hairs – this is pretty much a sure way of guaranteeing you’re going to get some painful ingrown hairs. You should never use tweezers or your fingers to pull out nose hairs even if they stick out of your nose and look ugly. Instead use scissors or a nose hair trimmer to trim the long or wayward nose hairs.

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So, let’s assume that you have a painful, ingrown nose hair. What should you do to remedy the situation quickly? First, never pick at it or try to dig it out. A friend of mine tried to do this back in high school and ended up with a permanent scar from it. They used a pin and tried to dig it in and then pull out the ingrown hair. All they really ended up doing was making it more inflamed, swollen and hurtful. Now they have a permanent dark spot on their nose. So, never ever pick at it or try to dig it out like that.

Instead, what works best and never leads to scarring is this tip – use hot water. Get the tip (4 – 5 inches) of a wash rag wet and then twist it and place it in the nostril with the ingrown nose hair. Make sure it is hot, but not so hot that it actually burns your skin. The easiest way to do this is to put it in the microwave for about 10 seconds each time. Then after making sure it isn’t too hot, twist the tip and insert into the affected nostril. Then fold it over so that the heat is applied both inside and to the outside of the affected area. Use slight pressure and hold it over the ingrown hair area. Very quickly you will start to feel relief from the pain of the ingrown hair.

Do this every night before you go to bed. It is best to do this at night rather than during the day because it could leave your nose quite red in the area you are applying it to. Quickly within a day or two of applying hot water to the inflamed and ingrown nose hair you will notice the size of the swelling and inflammation start to diminish. From my own experience I have noticed that usually within two days it’s dropped to half its size and it becomes far less painful. keep doing this until it disappears and make sure you apply the hot water several times – not just once per night.

The wet washcloth will cool down very quickly and so be sure and reheat it as necessary and repeat several times per night (about 5 – 10 minutes of application is good just make sure you reheat and apply the wet cloth as needed during that time). by doing this you are killing any bacterial infection that the ingrown hair is causing. Plus you are helping the ingrown hair to work its way out. I learned this method of applying wet, hot heat to the inside and outside of the nostril from a friend of mine that is a dermatologist in Rochester, New York. It is probably one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten.

So, next time you get a ingrown hair, don’t despair. Get a hot, wet washcloth and treat it. It will go away shortly almost as Quickly as it came.

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One thought on “How to fix an ingrown nose hair

  1. Great advice. The hot water on a cloth idea loosened up the nodule that was forming from the ingrown hair. I did this for a few days and the pain and redness went away. Thanks.

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