Have you ever suffered from an ingrown toenail? Then you know how painful it can be when the side of a nail grows on soft skin nearby. Although it usually happens to the toenails, a fingernail can also become incarnate. How did this happen? And what are some ways to take care of an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail can be caused by shoes that are too tight, nails that are not cut to the right, a nail injury, or have rarely curled toenails.
In addition, people who have diabetes, or other health problems that prevent blood from flowing to the feet correctly, are more likely to have ingrown toenails.
Some signs of an ingrown toenail are pain that does not stop, redness and swelling. If left untreated, onychrophtosis or ingrown toenail can lead to infection.
This will be seen by redness and swelling around the nail, and pus and watery discharge that is colored with blood.
There are ways to treat an ingrown toenail at home. However, if you already see signs of infection, see a doctor because an infection can spread and cause problems.
Hot water paddling
If you are looking to decrease the pain, swelling and tenderness caused by an ingrown toenail, try soaking your foot in warm water a few times a day.
– Fill a foot bath with warm water.
Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes
– Do this three or four times a day to help with the pain.
Cotton wedge under the nail
After soaking your foot in the warm water, you can try putting a cotton wedge under the nail to make sure it grows above the skin. This will help the pain and let it heal faster.
– Soak your feet in warm water and dry them well.
– Lift the nail carefully with a pair of tweezers that are not too sharp.
– Put a small piece of rolled cotton between the nail and the skin.
– To stop the infection, use a new piece of cotton every time you soak your feet.
Note: You may feel some pain at first, but it will improve quickly. Be sure not to push the cotton roll more than it allows swollen skin.
Another good cure for an ingrown toenail is Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate. This will help the skin soft, so it will be easier to remove the ingrown toenail, and will lower the swelling.
– Fill a foot tub with warm water and put in a spoonful of Epsom salt.
– Soak your feet in the mix for twenty minutes.
– Remove your feet and dry thoroughly.
– Do this three or four times a week.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a good cure for the ingrown nail because it kills bacteria and reduces swelling. In addition, because of the low amount of acid in the vinegar, it helps to stop the infection.
Here are two different ways to use apple cider vinegar to heal the ingrown nail. Use one of them until you feel you have worked.
– In a small foot tub, mix the same amount of unfiltered apple cider vinegar, raw and warm water. Soak the toenail in the mixture to
– Another way to do this is to soak just a cotton ball in raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and then put it on your toe. Leave covered with a bandage for a few hours before removing.
Because hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, it reduces the risk of an ingrown toenail becoming infected. It also helps to decrease the pain and swelling that comes from an ingrown nail.
– Mix approximately ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a small tub filled with warm water.
– Let your foot absorb in the mix for twenty minutes.
– Do this once or twice a day.
Another thing to take care of, are the shoes. If your shoes are too tight, they can push the nail into the nearby skin. It is best to wear shoes made of softer fabrics with more space for the toes. Women should try not to wear high heels, to keep the pressure off the toes.
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