Treating Ingrown Hair on Your Scalp

What Is An Ingubed Hair Cyst?

An ingrown hair cyst is a collection of dead cells or debris which grows out from your scalp and causes pain when it presses against the skin. These cysts are usually found on the sides of your head, behind your ears, and in front of your eyes. They may even be located underneath other parts of the body such as around a tooth or bone.

Ingrown hairs are caused by bacteria growing inside the follicles (the tiny openings where hair grows) of your scalp. When these cysts grow too large they press against the skin causing irritation and pain. Sometimes the cysts become infected and cause abscesses, which can lead to infection and scarring of surrounding tissue.

If left untreated, ingrown hairs can eventually turn into cancerous tumors called malignant melanomas.

The most common type of ingrown hair is called “inverted inguinal hernia.” This condition occurs when the muscles that support the abdomen collapse inward causing the groin area to bulge outward. The result is a protruding inguinal canal, which can easily be felt with one’s fingers.

What Are The Symptoms Of Ingrwn Hair Cyst?

There are three common symptoms of ingrown hair cysts. The first and most obvious is pain caused by the cyst pressing against the skin. This pain can be sharp or aching and can be felt anywhere between your eyes, cheeks, ears, jawbone, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. It may also cause aching muscles in your back and legs.

The second major symptom is inflammation of the skin, which causes redness, swelling, and heat around the cyst. This symptom is usually accompanied by pain and may also be accompanied by fever or chills.

The third and final symptom of an ingrown hair cyst is infection. The cyst may become infected by bacteria in the air or from another infected wound or cut on your body. If not treated quickly with antibiotics the infection can spread throughout the body and be fatal.

Sometimes ingrown hairs can become inflamed without necessarily pressing against the skin or becoming infected. This is referred to as an “inguinodynia”. An inguinodynia causes pain when sitting, walking, or engaging in any type of physical activity.

It can also become very itchy.

How To Treat An Ingrwn Hair Cyst?

There are three major methods for treating ingrown hair cysts: surgery, medication, and home remedies. If you choose to treat the condition yourself, begin by applying hot compresses to the area 2-3 times per day. You can make a compress by soaking a washcloth in hot water and holding it against the cyst for ten minutes at a time. Do this as often as you can for two days, and the cyst should begin to disappear.

Another treatment option is over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid acne creams. Apply a generous amount of the cream to the cyst 2-3 times per day and allow it to work its way into the skin. If the cyst does not begin to show signs of disappearing after 3 days, stop the treatment and consult a physician.

If these methods fail to work or the ingrown hair cyst becomes infected, you should seek medical attention immediately. In some cases, the cyst can be surgically removed by a dermatologist. Do not attempt to cut into the cyst yourself; there is a risk of severe bleeding and infection if you do so.

Ingrown hair cysts are a common occurrence for those with coarse, curly hair. If you experience the symptoms of an ingrown hair cyst regularly, it might be wise to get your hair trimmed every two weeks. Though inconvenient, regular trims will prevent hairs from growing and curling back into the skin, which ultimately reduces the risk of developing ingrown hair cysts and other potential skin conditions in the future.