An ingrown nose hair occurs in precisely the same way that an ingrown hair on any other part of your body may occur, when a short hair – often one that has been cut short or removed – grows back into the skin. Ingrown hairs are painful, itchy, can become red, and can potentially become seriously infected. If there is one place that you don’t want an ingrown hair it is inside your nasal passages!
The first step that you can take to minimizing your chances of an ingrown hair is to simply cut your nose hair less, but this isn’t going to be a desirable option for those who trim their nose hair because it protrudes from their face or gets really bushy. The solution is to cut your nose hair with an instrument which is intended specifically for that purpose, and that means buying a great nose hair trimmer or using a pair of nose hair scissors.
You need to be trimming your nose hairs rather than pulling them out at the root, when you pull hairs out you run the risk of leaving fragments of hairs inside your skin and this significantly increases the chances of a hair growing inside of your follicle but not leaving it – usually because the skin heals up – and for that reason you should avoid waxing your nose hair and you should avoid plucking nose hair too.
Ingrown Nose Hair Treatment
If you don’t already have an ingrown nose hair then you can stop reading now, put down the tweezers and the wax strips, and then use this site to check out the best nose hair trimmers on the market. If you do have an ingrown nose hair and have come here looking for treatment then the easiness to treat will depend on whether you can see the hair or not, the further up your nasal passage the more awkward your life gets. Here is a step by step guide:
Take a new washcloth (not one that you have already used) and run it under warm water, gently insert into the nostril and hold it there until it cools off. Repeat several times or for around 15 minutes, making the cloth warm again each time, the point in this is to soften the hair follicle.
Place a slightly warmer (in fact slightly hot) washcloth back up your nostril, using your thumb to apply pressure from the washcloth to the ingrown hair, place your index finger on the outside of your nose, and rub the washcloth back and forth over the infected area of the inner nostril.
Remove the washcloth from your nose and inspect it to see if any hairs have been removed, it will be difficult to tell whether the actual ingrown hair has been removed, generally if a hair on the cloth is accompanied by what looks like a small amount of puss then you have the hair in question. You may need to repeat this step several times, usually you will notice when the hair has been removed because of the relief of your pain.
If you think the hair has come out then dip a cotton swab into some rubbing alcohol or alcohol of some sort, and apply to the infected area inside of your nostril. Use a finger on the outside of your nose so that you can locate the precise area of the ingrown hair / infection of the follicle. Even if you are unsure whether you have removed the hair it is important that you perform this step anyway, to prevent infection and to kill germs.
Now apply alcohol every couple of hours to the area of the infection, alternatively use antiseptic cream or antibacterial ointment after the first time, use a fresh cotton swab each time.
If the pain persists then it is unlikely that you have successfully removed the ingrown hair, or it could be that you have removed it but the area had already become significantly infected. If the pain persists or there is any noticeable signs of infection (such as a redness on the outside of your nose) then see a doctor or a dermatologist. And remember, stop plucking or waxing, get yourself a cheap nose hair trimmer and avoid this happening again!
Remember if pain persists you MUST see a doctor or dermatologist, an inner-nose infection is a serious condition and failure to treat can result in ill health. If this doesn’t remedy the situation and pain persists then seek professional help as soon as possible.