DON'T Groom All of Your Body...

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  1. Shaun.P macrumors 68000

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    I bought a Philips Bodygroom and have developed a pilonidal sinus caused by an ingrown hair. I used it to shave the area just below my tailbone [once]. I then started doing sit-ups which I believe have pushed the re-growing hair into my skin - causing an infection.

    I developed a very large hard lump and at first I thought I had damaged my tail bone. After 3 days I went to the doctors. She told me I had an infection under the skin. She gave me a seven day course of flucloxacillin 500mg - an antibiotic. I decided to wait 7 days before going back to the doctors - until I had finished the antibiotics. By this time it was oozing pus and blood and was extremely painful to sit down etc. I went to the doctors and she refered me straight to hospital. When I went to the hospital I was seen to straight away. Three doctors came to look at me at once in a ward. And because the affected area was basically the bottom it was very embarrassing. They said it was an abscess and they would have to make an incision and drain it. Another doctor then came to me and looked at it. I had to go for my first ever general anesthetic. The doctor tried three times to get a vein on my arm and was unsuccessful. He then sent in a nurse who took blood from my other arm and put in one of those things to your vein so they directly take blood from you or inject you with something directly into your vein. When I went for the operation I was told that the one I had was too weak and they would have to do another one on my hand. That's 6 jags. Not that painful but certainly not comfortable.

    I went under at 8.30, and woke up at 9.30. I was in pain and the nurse gave me 2 tablets they didn't work much. They drained all the pus from the abscess, but they can't just leave a gap between your flesh and your skin, because it would cause reinfection. So they have to 'pack' this cottonwool like stuff inside of you, through the incision to keep the wound clean and tidy. I went for a bath the next day in the hospital. I was told to soak in it for 30 minutes. I was told the 'packing' would just 'fall' out. Only half of it did. I physically had to gently pull the rest of the stuff out (it comes out as one unit, it doesn't rip apart or anything). It was completely covered in blood. It really freaked me out. My heart started racing. I stood up out of the bath and it stung a little. I went back to the ward and the nurse came and cleaned 'it' and 'packed' it again and put a dressing on it. I eventually got let out and got painkillers and something to reduce the swelling. Every morning I have to take a bath and get the packing out before the nurse comes to visit me. A nurse comes to visit me every morning to pack my wound again and to clean it. The wound heals from the inside out. I'm finding it very hard, phychologically dealing with it all. I'm 19, it freaks me out having to pull the thing out (although it doesn't hurt, it's freaky) and I can't just leave it in the bath - I have to pick it up and dispose of it properly. Then my mum has to wash the bath out. It's also stressful not knowing what time the nurse will be here at. It's not always the same nurse and I have to make sure I've had a bath before she comes. So I need to get up around 8.45 every day, even weekends. When she packs it it isn't sore at all.

    If that wasn't bad enough - I can't go to work for around 3 weeks. I like my work, I have loads of friends there. We were meant to be going out tonight for drinks after work at around 12 midnight. We were also meant to be going out on Christmas Eve. Last year in my work I was really shy and missed out on all these things, but in the last year I have really came out of my shell, and I want to take part in these things but can't. I'm pratically never in the house - then this happens. I can't sit down. I haven't tried to, but I know it will probably make things worse and it could be painful so I should avoid it for a little while. Because I can't sit down, I can't drive. I love driving. I have to lie in my bed - I can walk about the house though.

    I'm really missing my friends. My best friend is coming to visit me tomorrow on his break from work so I'm looking forward to seeing him. I am getting really down though - I hate feeling lonely and feeling disconnected from people. There is only so much bedroom I can take!

    We were also meant to be going out for Christmas Dinner. I think I am not going to go. I don't want to feel pressured in public and in front of family about sitting down. I will feel paranoid if I start bleeding really bad etc.

    Basically this has ruined my life for the next 3 weeks. It's ruined my Christmas and the socialising I had planned. Although I say in 3 weeks I can go back to work - it will take around 6 weeks to heal.

    I'm trying to look on the bright side - I'm planning to go to work with a new image - I'm gonna get my hair thinned out and bought some new products for it, I'm gonna get some thick rimmed square glasses, I have decided I want completely new underwear, lose a bit of weight etc etc! These might seem silly to you but it's all I really have to look forward too :(.

    I'm not trying to depress you all, but I just want to warn you. I know the Philips Bodygroom is not responsible for this whole situation, but you have to watch where you shave your hair. You can also get these things in your underarms. I had no idea a little ingrown hair could cause so much damage...

    Shaun
     
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  3. clayj macrumors 604

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    <cringes>

    I had an abscess like that on my leg a few years ago (not from shaving... I don't know why it occurred), and the process of draining and packing it was pretty much identical to this, but I didn't require any care after the draining procedure beyond 5 days' worth of hydrocodone and a follow-up visit to the doctor for a wound check. It wasn't as bad for me, I guess, because it wasn't located in such a tender spot... but it was a few weeks before I felt "normal" again.
     
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    I was tempted to post "... and that's why exercise is bad for you," but decided this was a bit too serious for that.

    I'm sorry it turned out like that for you. Yours is the only case even approaching that level of severity that I've ever heard. I hope everything heals just fine.
     
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    This thread freaks me out. The imagery........*shudders*


    And where was the cotton stuff packed into? Was it the abscess itself? Was the abscess (and incision) so big that you could actually reach into it and take stuff out and put stuff in? :(

    Anyway, I know how you feel. I get an abscess below my left eye because of ingrown hairs. I don't do anything to it other than rub my eye sometimes (I don't want to, but lets face it....it's just typical impulse), and every once in a while, I get this massive abscess. I don't know why my left eye is so sensitive to this sort of thing, but it has never happened to my right eye.
     
  6. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    An abscess is just a collection of pus. Hence when they drained it, the abscess is away. Now there is a small space between the skin and the flesh (when the pus occupied) and the packing is inserted by a small stick. The incision is very small, probably about the size of your pinky nail, and I don't think my wound is extremely deep but it isn't too shallow either.. The packing keeps the wound dry and infection free.

    They leave a bit of the cotton stuff sticking out so when you go for a bath it comes out easily. The condition is very common in people my age. It is very rare after age 30.

    The funny thing is, my cousin is a nurse and she was on placement and had to do to people what the nurses do to me when they come to my house. She was explaining about this guy she treated who had what I had about 2 months ago, and I was like 'EWW that is gross! If that ever happens to me, kill me!". I feel I have dealt with a lot of stuff, I have found it hard and managed to cope, I'm quite proud of myself lol. It's just occupying myself... I have watched loads of videos on my laptop, and don't really read, so I'm getting bored fast. There is only so much masturbating you can do in a day also! Lol.

    I would like to say that all of the staff who treated me and come to my house are extremely nice and comforting in this somewhat embarrassing situation. In the UK our healthcare is provided free, by the NHS. For me, I feel I have been treated well.
     
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    Yikes! Sorry to hear that... Hope it heals soon!

    *calls gf and thanks her for not asking him to shave*
     
  8. clayj macrumors 604

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    In my case, the incision was about 3/4" long and about 1/2" deep... through the epidermis and dermis, to ther abscess below. The incision's cross section was shaped like a "V", with the wide part at the outside and the point of the "V" inside my leg. The packing is designed to keep the outside from healing until the INSIDE heals... it's like when you zip up a zipper. You want the wound to heal from the inside out, otherwise you get another abscess.

    And yes, I could see inside my leg when the packing finally fell out. It didn't reinfect, due to generous application of antibiotic cream and thorough (but gentle) cleaning and soaking in Epsom salts.
     
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    Sounds bad mate, I don't know how I'd react to that. I'm not very good around blood unless it's safely packed inside a body. I mean when my brother was 10 he climbed over one of them claw fences to get a ball back and ended up dropping on it! I was walking the dog at the time and it was funny seeing this blood trail, following it back to my house! And yea, at the hospital you could see this wound that looked like mash, all flesh and blood and fat mixed together... hah! I actually have to stop now :p sick it was.

    Heres to a speedy recovery though :)
     
  10. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm so bored. The nurse has just been so here is another day of boredemness. Does anyone know of any cool online games that will occupy me? Or websites to visit / games to download?

    I need to occupy myself in this bed!
     
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    BTW I always get lots of ingrown hairs on my knees. Go figure. They look like little pimples, really. I didn't know they could get so infected.

    The worst I have is a small cyst on my arm that I am putting off getting removed. I get woozy when the doctor touches me. My sympathies are with you, having to deal with that day-in-day-out.
     
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    Something similar happened to a friend of mine. He described it by putting his fists together and saying "So this is my ass...".

    I also like the part where the doctor thought the cyst was inside. :D


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  14. rdowns Suspended

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    This site might help.
     
  15. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do I need to buy world of warcraft to get the 10 day trial?

    Shaun

     
  16. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    This is a terrible medical problem you are recovering from now. You have done some grooming and this happens. I heard many swimmers shave their bodies as they wear speedoes. I have not heard of this skin infection case until I saw this thread. I guess those swimmers are in some danger with the similar skin infection as pool water tends to carry more bacteria.
     
  17. POHeerwig macrumors member

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    [Rdowns, I'm pretty sure THAT didn't help him much. (but I'm laughing my *** off! ;) ]

    Fearfactor47, Did you know that.....?
    During World War II, more than 80,000 soldiers developed pilonidal cysts that required a hospital stay. People thought the cysts were due to irritation from riding in bumpy Jeeps. For a while, the condition was actually called “Jeep disease.”

    I looked it up and saw the pictures...ouch. I am so very sorry you are going through that and am never shaving ANYWHERE CLOSE to that region, ever again. :eek:
     
  18. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have looked at the pictures online too. They always have pictures of stuff online in their most servere cases. Mines is not as bad as the pictures you probably have saw. I'm not really in that much pain and can walk fine. Just the fact that I can't go and hang with friends or go out drinking etc that is bothering me!
     
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    Oh man, I just looked up the photos as well from this site.....HERE... and can now imagine how much pain you must be feeling. :(

    Got lube?™
     
  20. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes I have lube Durex Play Tingle Lube lol :p

    Mines is nothing like that picture. That picture is of a very servere infection where all the skin has had to be taken away. Mines is like a small round mark about the size of a penny, that is the full wound. And there is some redness around the penny but I have all my skin in tact!

    That picture is gross
     
  21. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Indeed :eek: and I was about to have my tea.
     
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    I find it ironic thst I just made a thread about this(except i just put the link to it.)
     
  23. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I get ingrowns from shaving and waxing. But I don't do neither near that region :eek:
     
  24. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think this thread is in response to yours, isn't it?

    Thank god for no abscesses, best of recovery luck to the OP, I still like to be groomed. :eek: ;) :D
     
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    No, you can download it, but it might take a while.
     

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