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    mariposa81
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    Question Painful lump after shaving bikini area...

    Hi everyone,

    I usually keep my pubic area shaved except for a small strip down the middle. When I'm at home, I use great care in which shaving cream I use, which razor I use, and in caring for my skin afterwards (I use Tend Skin religiously which prevents razor bumps).

    I went accross the country with my boyfriend over the holidays to visit his parents and I forgot my razor, my shaving cream, AND my Tend Skin. So...the first time I shaved while there, I used his razor (it has 3 blades like mine so I figured it would be okay just once) and his shaving cream. The second time, I used a razor that I bought while I was there because I didn't want to risk it, but still used his shaving cream.

    Well...the day after the second shave, a red painful bump appeared on my upper inner thigh. It grew in size very quickly and by 2 days later (Jan 2nd) it was very large, swollen and painful.

    It's gotten somewhat smaller in size, but it's still about 1/2 inch in circumference and now feels like a hard nodule under the skin even though it's still a little tender. I've had something like it in the past (it was an ingrown hair), but not this big.

    It's sooooo irritating and embarrassing (I'm glad my monthly is on because I don't want my boyfriend to see it).

    What can I do to make it go away?? I mean, it's been there for 8 days now for cryin out loud and still hurts a little.

    Has anyone else had something like this after shaving? Is it an infected ingrown hair? If only I hadn't forgotten my shaving supplies!!!

    What should I do??

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    It does sound like an ingrowing hair that has become infected but I'm not doctor! It could even be a cyst which appeared coincidentally.

    If you are that worried and if its not getting any better you should see a doctor about it.

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    definitely ingrown hair is what it sounds like to me. I get them more often than I would like. Pathfinder offered the same advice I would. Keep it clean, use warm compress, and squeeze the crap out of it in order for it to heal. good luck.

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    Pretty sure its an ingrown hair. I had one that got infected and was about the size of a dime. I don't recommend it, but I squeezed it till it popped GROSS I know,then put alcohol on it for about 2 days after and it dried up and was gone.

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    How did you all who squeezed tolerate the squeezing when it's tender and painful? Mine is about the size of a penny or maybe even a nickel I tried to look today to see if I could actually see the ingrown hair because sometimes, you can pull it free, but I couldn't see it at all! Is it possible that it's down in there somewhere?

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    it sounds more like a boil. Ingrown hairs aren't supposed to be that painful. Take long, hot baths or put a hot, wet cloth on it. It will get worse before it gets better. Eventually, a white circle should appear, full of guck. Then it will drain a bunch of fluid, which you have to be very careful with because it's highly infectious. You can go see a doctor to get antibiotics if you don't want to deal with the pain and possibility of scarring.

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    Should I see a dermatologist or a general physician?

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    It's always better to see a specialist if you can get in. But remember that if you get antibiotics, they take 3 or 4 days to start working, so you should see someone asap.

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    ingrown hair or bad razor burn. did this just happen after shaving down there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by almimom [Register to see the link]
    definitely ingrown hair is what it sounds like to me. I get them more often than I would like. Pathfinder offered the same advice I would. Keep it clean, use warm compress, and squeeze the crap out of it in order for it to heal. good luck.
    Do NOT squeeze it. It's an infected follicle and squeezing could force the infection deeper instead of out like you want. I get these somewhat often and what I do is when I see pus, sterilize a needle and gently pop it that way so the infection can drain. They don't always come to a head though.

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