It sounds scary to imagine a hair growing in your body without you being able to see it. It truly does. Sadly, it does happen, and many people can get it. Whether it be from shaving or other sources, you have the chance of getting it. Yet, outside of just being a hair in your body, is there more to it, ingrown hairs?
An ingrown hair is essentially the result of a grown-out hair that curled back into your skin and now has become infected. What is supposed to happen is hair will grow straight out your hair follicle, which are located within your skin. When the hair grows, it exits the surface of your skin and continues to grow.
However, the hair can grow crooked or curled, resulting in it being unable to leave the skin. An ingrown hair can occur when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells. They are quite common and can be treated easily. Unless the infection has been left alone for a while and requires medical help.
The most common cause of ingrown hair is having too many dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. These dead cells can fill up the hair follicle. Ingrown hairs can be a problem in areas where you shave, such as the beard area in men, and the legs, armpits and pubic areas in women. When done shaving the new hair that grows has a sharper edge. Hence it can easily poke into the skin. There is also the risk you run if your hair is naturally coarse or curly. If you happen to have had them removed, they are more likely to curl back into the skin, cause ingrown hair.
More often than not, the ingrown hair starts off as a red bump. While the infection progresses, you will start to see pus and the bump itself grow bigger. It can also appear red and irritated while welling. Itching and feeling warm to the touch is possible.
When it comes to treating them, it is best to leave it alone as they can go away without doing anything. Scratching or picking on it can cause bacteria to enter it, resulting in an infection. Plus, scarring is also a possibility. Some remedies to try is using mild antiseptic, such as tea tree oil on the affected area. If the ingrown hair becomes severely infected, consider taking antibiotics.
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