How to Tell If You Have an Ingrown Hair on Your Penis — and What to Do About It

What Is An Ingrown Hair?

An ingrown hair is a small growth of dead skin cells which grows out from the surface of your body. These hairs are usually harmless but if they grow into or around other parts of your body, it may cause irritation or infection. When these hairs become infected, they can spread bacteria and viruses through contact with other areas where there are blood vessels and nerves. They can even cause cancer if not removed properly.

How To Tell If You Have An Ingrown Hair On Your Penis?

The first thing you need to do is check yourself. Take a look at your genitals and see if any hairs are growing out from the area. If so, then you have ingrown hairs on your penile skin. It’s best to remove them immediately because they can lead to infections and inflammation of surrounding tissues.

There are several ways to remove ingrown hairs:

Use a razor blade to shave off the hairs. This method works well for most men. However, it is painful and takes time. A good alternative is using a hot towel to gently rub the area until all the hairs fall away.

Use soap and water solution to wash the affected area. It is also a good way to exfoliate the surface of the skin and prevent infection.

How Did I Get An Ingrown Hair On My Penis?

There are several causes for this condition, but two most common are shaving and waxing. If you are meticulous about personal hygiene then you may be prone to ingrown hairs on your genitals. You can also get ingrown hair after having an infection in the area.

In order to prevent ingrown hairs on your genitals, you should be sure to keep the surrounding area clean and exfoliated. A good way to prevent ingrown hairs is to gently rub the affected area with a pumice stone. This will keep the hairs from growing back into the surface of the skin.

Can I Prevent Getting Ingrown Hairs On My Penis?

Yes. Some ways which can help to prevent ingrown hairs on your genitals are:

Always keep the area around your genitals clean and dry. If possible, you should keep the area exfoliated too. Don’t pluck or shave in the same area repeatedly.

You should also be sure to thoroughly clean your genitals after having sexual contact with another person. The bacteria and viruses can quickly enter the hair follicles and cause an infection. It can also spread more easily if you share towels, bed sheets or clothes with an infected person.

If you have any ingrown hairs on your genitals, you should be sure to remove them immediately. If you leave ingrown hairs on skin, they can develop into minor infections and even cellulitis. In rare cases, the infection can be serious and spread throughout the bloodstream, leading to death. So if you notice any redness or pain in your genitals, see a doctor immediately.

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