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Keep applying hot towels, especially when it is infected. I wet a wash cloth and place it in the microwave, make sure you do not burn yourself. I wrapped it in another wash cloth and used it that way until it cooled down. The heat will clear up the infection and release the hair. It worked for me.
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Does anyone know how to get rid of a severly ingrown hair on my husbands back? He has had it for years. It gets infected, we try to pop it and it stinks to high heaven. It goes down for a while and comes back. It does not hurt at all. I am just searching for natural remedies. Thanks so much.
I read your question to my husband and he suggested that it should be treated by a dermatologist.
Marge from NY
It may not be an ingrown hair. There are things called subaceous cysts. They are like giant black heads that collect dirt and grime. Sometimes when you try to relieve them, you can cause it to become infected and it does smell. Your best bet is to see a doctor. I had to have one removed from my neck for the same reasons.
They make a shaving powder that's supposed to get rid of "razor bumps"(ingrown hairs). It comes in a little can and will be on the shaving products aisle. Follow the instructions. Just pull out the ingrown part of the hair. If you pull out the whole hair it will keep coming back.
I have a few suggestions:
1) Have your husband checked by a doctor. This should be your first step no matter what else you do.
2) For some skin infections, hot wet compresses work very well. I had a boil and the doctor recommended lots of hot wet compresses to make it rise to the surface and empty out. It worked rather well. The compresses have to be as hot as he can stand without burning, and you have to keep them putting them on there till it starts to open up, the whole process takes several hours.
3) There is a product named "Prid" that is supposed to help with bumps, pimples, etc. I haven't ordered it, but it's been around for a long time and isn't very expensive. Here's what it looks like at drugstore.com and its also available at a lot of other sites. It may even be available at your local store: http://www.drug &catid=13140
Like I said, I haven't bought it yet, but I am impressed by the reviews that others have written about it.
Tea Tree oil seems to work wonders on lots of things. My kids used it when they were teenagers for breakouts. We would wet a qtip with water (the oil is too strong as is) then dip it into the oil and apply to the skin. There are tons of uses for this product. Put in "Tea Tree Oil" in the search field on the internet to find it's many uses. I bought it at a vitamin/ health food store. You can also get it on line. Can't remember off hand where I got it from on line but I'm thinking drugstore.com. I don't think this will do anything for the hair but would help heal the inflamed area.
I agree with the one post about your husband's problem is not an ingrown hair but a sabacious Cysts. My sister in law had one and they do smell when squeezed. She had hers removed and a sac removed so it didn't come back. See a dermotologist is my suggestion.
Thanks for all you guys advice. All the advice was great! I do think it may run the route of the cyst thing. I did not know of such a thing. Is there a home remedy for that or do you have to see a doc to fix it period? Any more advice will be greatly appreciated. Sherry
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What you've described sounds like a cyst to me. I suggest having it surgically removed. I trip to the dermatologist is in order for him. Sorry. (BTW, this constant infection may be comprimising his immune system and affecting his whole health. The skin is the largest organ in the body.)
It could be ingrown hairs and nothing more. Try exfoliating with a loofa or nylon shower puff. I had ingrown hairs on my arms and legs until I started using a shower puff, and they cleared up! Try the simple solutions first, and if it still doesn't clear up, go the dermatologist route.
I had lymph nodes removed from my left armpit 3 years ago. Since then I keep getting ingrown hairs on the scar. It was not cancer, just inflamed lymph nodes. The surgeon messed up and left me with nerve damage so now I know when it is going to rain/snow now. The main problem is the ingrown hairs, any ideas on preventing and getting rid of the 2 painful ones I have now. I don't want to go to doctor and would like a natural cure.
Lisa from Westland, MI
When I worked in a dime store a very popular product we sold was shaving powder. Men with curly hair tend to have problems with ingrowns -- "razor bumps" they were called. I don't know how the stuff works but these men swore by it. Shaving powder comes in a can and you can find it with the other shaving stuff. Maybe this will help your problem. Good luck and good health to you!
Is it happening after you shave. I have found the best thing for ingrown hairs after shaving is plain old baby powder. BUT, if it is just happening randomly without shaving, I would make sure you use an antibacterial soap every day or twice a day. Make sure your underarms are dry at all times. My friend has this problem, they call it hydradenitis (infection of sweat or apocrine glands) and she has to take antibiotics as soon as one starts. Wearing loose clothing and losing weight if you are overweight also helps. good luck.