Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe, which may have a painful and swollen red area that’s sensitive to touch and vulnerable to infection. They are normally caused by improperly trimmed toenails, improper shoe fitting such as too tight shoes and socks. Hereditary condition, injury and nail picking are also common causes.
Many ladies, me included, suffer from these painful irritating ingrown toenails. Most of us love to wear high heels with closed low cut around the front for work, or for girls date and party, or even everyday wear, which pressed the big toe inwards, causing the ingrown toenail. Sometimes we even have to seek medical treatment and have a procedure or even surgery after having it.
Here is a clear guide on home treatment on ingrown toenails.
But Be sure to see your doctor if you:
- Experience severe discomfort in your toe or pus or redness that seems to be spreading
- Have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet and experience any foot sore or infection.
Some remedies at home :
- Soak your feet in warm water. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a day. Soaking reduces swelling and relieves tenderness.
- Place cotton or dental floss under your toenail. After each soaking, put fresh bits of cotton or waxed dental floss under the ingrown edge. This will help the nail grow above the skin edge.
- Apply antibiotic cream. Put antibiotic ointment on the tender area and bandage the toe.
- Choose sensible footwear. Consider wearing open-toed shoes or sandals until your toe feels better.
- Take pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may help ease the toe pain.
Let’s take a closer look on some of the natural home remedies which help to treat our ingrown toenail so that we can get our nail back where it goes below:
Don’s forget to prevent your feet from ingrown toenails again by:
- Trim your toenails straight across.
- Keep toenails at a moderate length.
- Wear shoes that fit properly.
- Wear protective footwear.
- Check your feet.