An ingrown hair on the labia often resembles a pimple. If infected, the ingrown hair would be inflamed with accumulation of pus. However on some occasions, ingrown hair may not be associated with pus and is hard to touch. The area surrounding the ingrown hair is hyper-pigmented.
Ingrown Hair On Labia Symptoms
An ingrown hair refers to a condition, when a hair grows out of the follicle and then goes back into the skin. An ingrown hair on the labia is associated with waxing or shaving the affected area. Though occasionally, the condition may be associated with tight clothing which may result in irritation of the skin.
Some of the common symptoms associated with ingrown hair are,
- Bump on the surface of the labia which may be either hard or soft. A soft bump is indicative of a bacterial infection, while a hard bump indicates that the ingrown hair is not yet infected.
- Often the surround area is highly inflamed and red. The bump however may be dark in color
- Itching and pain are common symptoms associated with the condition. It the bump is too large, it may be associated with considerable amount of pain while squatting or getting up. Ingrown hair often is associated with aversion to sexual intercourse, due to the pain associated with the bump
Infected Ingrown Hair On Labia
More often than not, the ingrown hair tends to get infected.
Infection is normally associated with scratching of the affected part. A scratch or a bruise is a route for bacteria to enter into the ingrown hair and make it infected. Here are some things you can do to minimize the chances of an infection,
- Avoid tight clothing. Ensure that your undergarments are dry and clean before you wear them.
- Locally application of oil or petroleum jelly will help reduce the irritation and itching.
- Wipe the vagina well after urination. It may not be possible to keep the affected area dry all the time, hence changing your undergarments at least thrice a day, helps minimize the risk of bacterial infection.
- Local application of tea tree oil is very beneficial. Tea tree oil is a anti microbial and prevents spread of infection to the surrounding areas.
How To Treat Ingrown Hair On Labia
An ingrown hair, if not infected, can be easily treated at home. Here are some simple techniques,
- Prepare a bath tub and add a few drops of dettol or savlon. Soak your vagina in the bath tub for about 15 minutes. The warm water helps increase blood circulation to the affected area and also helps in cleaning the genitals, which in turn prevents a secondary infection. Ensure that you use a clean and dry towel to wipe your body.
- Using a sterilized needle, you can try to pull out the ingrown hair. Try this only when you can clearly see the ingrown portion, otherwise it increases the risk of infection.
- Avoid shaving or waxing the area. Change the blade or the cream that you use for waxing.