In order to successfully treat an ingrown nose hair, it is helpful to first soften the hair follicles. This can be done by dipping a washcloth in warm water and then gently inserting the washcloth into the nostril. When the washcloth begins to cool, place it back into the warm water and repeat the process for about 15 minutes.
An ingrown hair may occur when the hair follicles become obstructed or dirty. This can cause the hair to start growing underneath the skin, often leading to pain, inflammation, or infection. Ingrown nose hair can be a bit tricky to treat, although it is usually possible to treat the condition at home. If problems persist, it is wise to consult a medical professional for further evaluation.
Once the hair follicles have been softened, the washcloth should be placed into slightly warmer water and then placed back into the nostril. Apply pressure to the ingrown hair by placing a thumb over the washcloth and an index finger on the outside of the nose and then pinch the area. The washcloth is then gently rubbed back and forth over the affected area. Remove the washcloth and look to see if the hair came out of the nose and onto the washcloth. This process may have to be repeated a few times until the pain begins to lessen.
A cotton swab can be moistened with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and then rubbed inside the nostril in the area of the ingrown nose hair to sterilize the area. This procedure should be followed by an application of antibiotic cream, which is applied in the same manner as the alcohol or peroxide and may help to prevent the area from becoming infected. This process can be repeated several times per day until the pain and swelling go away.
If ingrown nose hair home treatment methods are not successful or if the symptoms persist or worsen, a medical professional should be consulted. If the outside of the nose becomes red and swollen, this could be an indication of the development of an infection. Oral antibiotics or other medications may be needed if an infection develops. If this condition is left untreated, the ingrown hair could actually protrude through the outside of the nose. Any questions or concerns should be discussed with a medical professional.