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How Do I Get Rid of an Ingrown Hair on the Penis?

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There are not many ways to get rid of an ingrown hair on the penis, or on any other area of the body. Most ingrown hairs will eventually work their way out on their own, but some may need to be removed. You can do this using a waxing kit or needle-nosed tweezers. In some very severe cases the hair may become infected and you may need to see a doctor for further treatment or instructions.

An ingrown hair is a hair which grows sideways instead of straight up and down. This causes it to become trapped beneath the skin. Many times this can lead to inflammation and severe pain, as well as an unsightly bump where the hair is embedded within the skin. Those with curly or coarse hair are most at risk for ingrown hairs. Since most pubic hairs are coarse in nature, this area is also very prone to ingrown hairs.

To get rid of an ingrown hair on the penis, you should first make sure the area is clean and dry. Wash with soap and water and then pat with a clean, dry, towel. Use a waxing kit to remove the hair by the root. You can find waxing kits at many department stores and beauty supply stores. If the hair is very deeply embedded, you may need to use something aside from wax to remove it.

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If you opt not to wax the hair, use tweezers to pluck the hair out individually. Make sure you can find the hair follicle where it originates and pull the hair gently. Before using the tweezers, make sure you clean them thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. Do not attempt to shave an ingrown hair since this can spread bacteria and it may make inflammation worse.

After you have removed an ingrown hair on the penis, you should wash the area again with a disinfectant soap or solution. Antiseptic is sold in most pharmacies and it kills any bacteria which may be lingering around the afflicted spot. This will help prevent an infection in the hair follicle from developing.

To prevent a recurrent ingrown hair on the penis, you should exfoliate the area to remove dead skin. Sometimes shaving can make this condition worse, so if you do not want hair on or around the penis, wax them away or use a chemical hair remover designed for the genital region.

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anon924404
Post 7

@anon319110: I have the same issue at the moment. Nice to have confirmation of what I thought it was. Glad you're feeling better.

uthattee78
Post 6

I suffered from this too. I had hair growing on my penis and it took me a while to get rid of it. Now my penis is completely smooth and I'm satisfied with the way it looks. I built a little website with some solid information about this disturbing problem in order to help people with the same issue.

anon321539
Post 2

This is my favorite thing on the Internet, kind anon319110 - glad you're feeling better!

anon319110
Post 1

I got a terrible ingrown hair on the left underside my penile shaft through shaving a few years ago. I will never shave my penis again after discovering that it caused the problem.

At first I didn't realise it was an ingrown hair. I tried squeezing the little lump and a tiny amount of firm pus came out. The lump remained but went down for a time. I could still feel it under the skin, but I had done the best I could. The lump grew a little and went slightly red. About a year later, I figured out it was an ingrown hair. I sterilised a pin and tried digging into it in an effort to cure the problem. I squeezed and hoped I could squeeze whatever was in the bump out, but it was a large bump and the pin hole I had created was small. I squeezed like hell but to no avail.

After all the swelling went down, the lump shrunk and was less noticeable again, but I could still feel it under the skin. I read up online about the problem and didn't know what else to do, so I pretty much gave up. Then just lately it started to feel quite prominent under the skin, swelling a bit. This morning, I took a look and there was a little hole which was oozing a little clear liquid. I squeezed it a little and nothing much happened; it wasn't very weepy. I took a bath and had a think. I was determined to fix the problem after all these years of grief.

I recently got new kitchen knives, some super sharp ones. I guessed that I could bear the pain and cut a little hole over the lump and try and squeeze the contents out if possible, and that was exactly what I did. I sterilised the knife and stuck the tip of the knife in the little hole which had oozed stuff, pulled it back towards me and felt it slicing. It wasn't too painful and I managed to open a hole a few millimetres across, then I squeezed! Some black stuff came out which I thought was just blood at first, but in the blood was something deep black and thick; it was multiple strands of hair, about five of them stuck together soaked in blood. I pulled them out and there was no resistance. They were a couple of centimetres long and growing almost as one. Oh, the relief! I squeezed and squeezed and that was all there was in there, and the lump halved in size straight away. I applied antiseptic cream and I think that after the swelling has gone down, the little that's left of the lump will disperse and my problem will be resigned to history. I came here just to tell my story. Hope it helps somebody!

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