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13 years 1 month ago #12809 by cloyd915
hair removal suggestions was created by cloyd915
I'm afraid to shave...any suggestions on how to keep this hair of mine in check? Legs, pits, bikini area?? Not sure why I care but I do! I HATE being hairy!!

Diagnosed with ITP 2/7/11
Treating regularly with IVIg
Currently in the low 100's

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13 years 1 month ago #12818 by
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Why afraid to shave? Unless you're at zero, knicks shouldn't be much of an issue. I use Nad's cold wax system and love it. Inexpensive, lasts a long time, and I can do it at home. Although, most people have a hard time ripping the strips hard/fast enough themselves to do it. ;-)

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13 years 1 month ago #12819 by cloyd915
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I'm at 9 so pretty low. Just paranoid I guess. I tried using wax and thought I did a pretty good job till the next day when I was all bruised. :pinch:

Diagnosed with ITP 2/7/11
Treating regularly with IVIg
Currently in the low 100's

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13 years 1 month ago #12823 by
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Ya know, I hadn't thought of that. Since it's was my boy with ITP, that was not an issue for him. :laugh:

Have you heard of sugaring? It's how East Indians do it. Not sure if I used the right name for it though. They use a mixture of sugar water that gets sticky and then some thread thing that just cuts the hair off at the skin level (vs. pulling it by the root). You might google "hair removal methods in India" or something like that to see if you can find it. All of our Indian friends do it this way.

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13 years 1 month ago #12829 by Sandi
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I always just shaved, no matter what my count was. A razor nick won't cause you to bleed to death. Just put pressure on it or get a styptic pencil.

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13 years 1 month ago #12834 by cloyd915
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Styptic pencil!! Why didn't I think of that!! Honesty you are totally right though Patti, not like I'm gonna cut myself THAT bad right??? :unsure:

Diagnosed with ITP 2/7/11
Treating regularly with IVIg
Currently in the low 100's

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13 years 1 month ago #12835 by
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Sandi wrote: I always just shaved, no matter what my count was. A razor nick won't cause you to bleed to death. Just put pressure on it or get a styptic pencil.



Good call! Forgot about those. Hubby uses them on his face sometimes. :)

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13 years 1 month ago #12841 by meredithjane
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Hi girls,
I used to shave legs regularly, until one day the nicks bled through a pair of white 3/4 pants. I went to Church & wasn't aware until my son asked me what happened? Had to go home & change! Now I use a rechargeable ladies shaver - not happy with the results, but no cuts.
Haven't tried waxing, just haven't got around to it.
mj

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13 years 1 month ago #12845 by cloyd915
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I had a PTT test (a timed bleed). The lab tech made a VERY tiny cut in my forearm and told me it should stop in 7-9 minutes...3 hours later I was still bleeding. So even a small knick can bleed a lot

Diagnosed with ITP 2/7/11
Treating regularly with IVIg
Currently in the low 100's

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13 years 1 month ago #12923 by aurehsalla
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Have you tried depillatory creams? They stink to high heaven, but you simply slather it on, leave for 6-10 mins and use the scraper to scrape the gunk off, taking the hair with it. et voila, baby smooth for 5-7 days (usually lasts a bit longer than shaving, but not much) with no blades and no bruising. Uk brand is called Veet - not sure what there is elsewhere in the world.

i shave my legs and bikini area - it's really my knees that i tend to nick - so long as you're using a safety razor and are careful you should be fine. i get my arms waxed but i have that done in a salon - they're very quick and make it as painless as possible and they've never made me bruise.

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12 years 3 months ago #20870 by rambova
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I wonder how laser hair removal would impact ITP. I have considered it, but I haven't researched it enough to be sure of the outcome. Just a thought.

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12 years 3 months ago #20935 by dbtkrieg
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I'm also curious if anyone knows any bad effects from laser hair removal. I started doing laser hair removal about 6 months before I was diagnosed with ITP, and have always wondered in the back of my head if it was possibly a part of the cause of my ITP. I was told I couldn't do the treatment if I was on prednisone, since it can cause light sensitivity and possibly burn your skin. I had a few bruises that they went over on my legs one time with the laser. The bruises got swollen and looked awful. The next time I went in I mentioned it, and the nurse said that lasers should never go over bruises since the laser looks for dark pigments, so she went around the bruises I had the next time. I never went in when I had petechiae, so I don't know what the laser would do to that.

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12 years 3 months ago #21131 by rambova
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That's what I was afraid of--but it sounds like if you weren't having any ITP issues at the time than it wouldn't be a problem. Thanks for your feedback.

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12 years 1 month ago #22977 by va_n_ok
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Got a rechargeable because my dr. didn't suggest shaving for awhile. It is ok for my underarms during the winter but does nothing for my legs. I think I am pretty over my shaving fear and buy blades for my razor tomorrow. I'm excitied! lol :lol:

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11 years 5 months ago #28900 by ryanandrew
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when i had taken my laser hair removal treatment, i was very much afraid of the treatment & result, but the doctor and nurses there made me very comfortable. laser treatment is indeed very effective for those who want a perfect hair less and smooth skin. i have yet completed half of my session and in few months my sessions will get completed.

laser hair removal : best for me

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11 years 5 months ago #28937 by Kelirae24
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I've had itp for nine years and I don't care if I'm at 1 or 2 or ten I shave I hate being hairy lol I've shaved in the hospital before and the nurse had a fit when she saw my razor I told her to calm down I was a professional lol but if ur really scared of it nair?

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11 years 5 months ago #28940 by Ann
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I always shave no matter the count too. I do nick myself around the regularly but it doesn't seem to bleed for long. I once got a little cut on a bit of glass at work and it oozed blood for 5 hours. I still didn't bleed to death.

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5 years 8 months ago #64091 by quirkette
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This is an old message, so not sure if you’re still around, but I had laser hair removal all over (arms, legs, bikini, underarms) about 14 years ago and I cannot recommend it enough. No more razors, shaving cream, stubble - nothing. No worries about anything hair-related, like last-minute dates or the like. It’s been a godsend and the best money I’ve ever spent.
I did not experience anything with respect to my platelets during or after treatment; they’ve always been the same - low! : )

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