People who has problem with ingrown toenail say that it is not pleasant. Also say that it can cause some major pain and annoyance.
Do you know how the ingrown toenail looks? It is so simple to recognise. When you see that your nail begins growing into the skin in a curved pattern and this growth irritates the skin, causing redness, tenderness, and swelling, then you have ingrown nail. In some cases, it can also cause an infection.
An ingrown toenail can be caused by heredity, a recent foot injury or improperly fitted footwear. They are extremely common and can be hard to prevent.
Luckily, there are home remedies that will ease your pain and discomfort. Consult a doctor before attempting any of these remedies and your feet will be back on track in no time.
Soak your foot in warm bath containing epsom salt
You should know that epsom salt can helps to disinfect your foot from bacteria and can soothe irritated skin. Use lukewarm (not hot) water and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. The water will also help soften the nail.
Use floss or a cotton ball to relieve pressure between your toe and your nail
Use tweezers (or dental floss wrapped around the nail) to carefully lift your nail enough so that you can place a sterile cotton ball underneath. But, don’t try to jam the cotton under your nail. Place the cotton gently so that the nail rests comfortably on top.
Note: Change the cotton ball regularly as it will become a magnet for bacteria. This is only a temporary solution and should only be done if you have consulted a doctor.
You can apply antibiotic ointment
You should apply antibiotic ointment to the area to prevent infection. Our feet come in contact with a lot of germs, so keep the area clean, especially when your skin is vulnerable and sore. After applying antibiotic ointment, apply a bandage to keep your toe sterile.
Use tea tree oil
Do you know that tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant. Use just a few drops on your toe to remove the bacteria that can make your ingrown toenail worse.
Be sure that these home remedies will ease the discomfort caused by an ingrown toenail. Please , do not attempt to cut or trim your toenail before receiving medical advice, because it could cause more damage to your toe.