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Doctor insights on: Long Ingrown Hairs

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Just pulled an inch long ingrown hair from chin. How can hair grow healthy like that under skin?

Just pulled an inch long ingrown hair from chin. How can hair grow healthy like that under skin?

Yes, can grow very l: But usually irritating to skin, and usually results in a blocked oil gland. Will heal quickly after hair is liberated. ...Read more

Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Our hair follicles are meant to erupt and to grow straight out of the skin. Often, a hair may turn into the channel out of which it should grow, and penetrates the skin, causing swelling and irritation. This may happen because of blockage or with very curly hair. These are not always a problem unless the hair does not erupt and then possibly leads to infection ...Read more


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Deep and long ingrown hairs that circle into skin and never come out completely. All over my body, even places that have never had hair removal done.

Deep and long ingrown hairs that circle into skin and never come out completely. All over my body, even places that have never had hair removal done.

Ingrown hairs: This is common condition common with certain genetic backgrounds. When this occurs in the beards of men it is known as pseudofolliculitis barbae. You should refer to this term online and search for the preventive measures for yourself. It can occur in areas without shaving, but this increases the risk greatly. The bumps can get secondarily infected. ...Read more

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How long can an ingrown hair be stuck in a follicle under the skin?

How long can an ingrown hair be stuck in a follicle under the skin?

A long time: The hair typically makes an arc and will not find its way to the surface. If it does not cause inflammation there is no way for it to exit the skin. Usually they must be extracted carefully. ...Read more

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How long should I put hot compresses on an ingrown hair?

How long should I put hot compresses on an ingrown hair?

Until resolves: Hot compresses should be continued until the inflammation resolves. If it persists more than a few days you should see your physician as it may be infected and require care. ...Read more

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How long after shaving does an ingrown hair appear in the pubic area?

How long after shaving does an ingrown hair appear in the pubic area?

No set time: An ingrown hair can occur anytime with or without shaving. They sometimes become inflamed and infected and redness and tenderness appear. Warm applications help at that point but if redness extends, see physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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If i keep heat on an infected ingrown hair, how long until it drains?

Few days: If it does not drain after a few days i would see a dermatologist for an oral antibiotic. ...Read more