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How can I tell if I have an ingrown pubic hair?

You can tell if you have an ingrown pubic hair if you develop a small, round, painful or itchy bump that resembles a pimple. The bump may be filled with pus and the skin around the bump may become darker. If you shave, pluck or wax pubic hairs, you increase your risk for an ingrown pubic hair. You can apply warm soaks to the area, which will help it resolve itself without treatment, so don't try to extract the hair yourself. If it becomes inflamed, see your healthcare provider; you may have an infection.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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