Ingrowth in nose is indeed an unsightly sight to behold. The question is to understand how to get rid of this painful condition, and how to identify the same. This article provides you with all the information on ingrown nose hair.
Have you noticed hair that has grown and curled under the skin layer? If yes, you must have experienced the repercussions as well! Well, the hair that develops completely under the layers of the skin, and consequently gets curled, is referred to as ingrown hair. The major cause of developing ingrowth in the nose, is a faulty shaving pattern. Ingrown hair is not confined to the nasal tract but is also found on any part of the body.
The condition of developing ingrowth, in medical nomenclature, is referred to as Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB).
The ingrown hair can vary in size. It can grow sideways, can curl, or bend. During the course of shaving or trimming nose hair very close to the hair root, the resultant is ingrown hair. The hair, when not trimmed in the right manner, can grow sideways, can bend, or curl. A mass of hair under the skin is formed causing the hair to restrict itself beneath the skin layer. Also, when the hair is plucked out from the root, the hair follicle gets activated, and forms a red bump on the skin, in turn giving rise to a pustule. This condition may further worsen, and lead to excruciating pain, if not treated promptly. The pore can develop severe rash, and an itchy sensation leading to infection.
Ingrown hair occurs when hair inside the nose is trimmed. The nasal tract is narrow, and hence there is not enough space, nor scope to lubricate the trimmed area. When shaving a beard, the hair is lubricated with shaving foam, and an aftershave is used, to moisturize the skin. However, when the nostrils hair is trimmed without any lubrication and the hair edges being very sharp; it is highly probable, that the hair grows in a different direction under the skin.
Irritation ► The area around the ingrown hair may become swollen, with a reddish tinge. A bump on the skin may also be present, and the area may develop rash and a pimple-like surface. The nose begins to appear red from the outside as well, especially where the affected area lies. The nose may emit a watery, mucus-like substance, caused by the irritation in the nose.
Itching ► The affected area will experience severe itching. The ingrown hair, while causing rash, also inflicts uncontrollable sensation of itching. The sensation is so strong that the individual may feel like ripping his nose apart, by scratching and grazing the surface. Scratching may provide momentary relief, however, unfortunately, it leads to making the nostrils area, prone to bacterial infection, and excessive redness and swelling.
Pain ► You may experience pain in the affected area, either when you touch the nostrils, or the nostrils can swell up and cause pain constantly, without a sprinkle of mercy on your state!
After enlisting the indicants for detecting ingrown hair in nose, here are the remedies that you may apply, to get rid of this painful condition. However, it is one condition tricky to treat, it is not a task that cannot be accomplished.
Method – 1
❶ Heat water in a container. Dip a soft, preferably a muslin cloth, in the container filled with water. Insert the washcloth into the nostrils, and let the affected area be fermented. Repeat this procedure 5 to 10 times, until the hair follicle softens.
❷ With your thumb, apply pressure on the insides of the nostrils. Simultaneously place your index finger to hold the nostrils with a good grip. Now gently press the affected area, and rub the soft cloth inside the nostrils with oscillating motions.
❸ Check if the hair has arrived on the wash cloth. If the hair is out, you will find it accompanied with pus and mucus. If the stubborn hair is still hanging on, you could continue with the process of fermentation, until the hair is out.
Method – 2
❶ A cotton swab can aid you to get rid of ingrown hair as well! All you need to do is to apply hydrogen peroxide on the affected area.
❷ Apply an antibacterial ointment, or an antiseptic cream with another cotton swab on the insides of the affected nostrils. The antiseptic cream will help the swelling to subside, and the pain to lessen.
Why You Must Avoid Tweezers
To avert the possibilities of developing ingrowth, make sure that you avoid using a pair of tweezers to pluck the ingrowth. This would inadvertently lead to making matters worse, thereby promoting chronic ingrowth. Instead, use an electronic hair trimmer meant for the nose, that gently ejects your hair in its virgin growth direction, thereby not causing any bumps in the region. Extracting the hair with a tweezer makes the area susceptible to redness and swelling. The nose becomes warm, which may also lead to a rise in body temperature. If the pain and swelling refuse to leave, it is advised that you see a medical practitioner for an expert consult. You should, by no means, take any chances and neglect the condition.
Ingrown hair in the nose might seem to be an insignificant condition at first, but it does have the potential to cause great discomfort, if not treated in time. Thus, in order to prevent ingrowth, it is advisable to buy a nose hair trimmer to release the hair from the root, gently.