Home Remedy for Ingrown Nose Hair

An ingrown nose hair can cause pain and itching in the nostril. A nose hair can become ingrown if you trim or remove nose hair and it curves around and begins to grow into the skin, which causes irritation. According to the University of Miami Health System, an ingrown hair usually heals on its own; however, there are ways to help the ingrown hair to heal faster and prevent problems, such as infection.

Step 1

Place a clean towel in the hottest water you can stand. Wring the towel out so it is damp.

Step 2

Put the moist, warm towel on the outside of the affected nostril. Leave it there until the towel gets cool.

Step 3

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the compress has been applied to the nostril for a total of 20 minutes.

Step 4

Wet the towel again and wring it out. Place a corner of the towel into the nostril and press it gently against the ingrown hair. Leave it on there until the towel cools off and then remove it.

Step 5

Moisten the towel again and place it back into the nostril. Gently rub the ingrown hair in a circular motion to try to release the ingrown hair.

Step 6

Apply triple antibiotic ointment to the affected nostril to minimize the risk of infection.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel

  • Triple antibiotic ointment


You can repeat this treatment up to three times per day. You may have to do this a few days in a row before you actually release the ingrown hair.


If you experience intense pain, severe swelling or abnormal drainage from the affected nostril, a trip to the doctor is necessary as these are signs of a possible infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that is commonly found in the nose.

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