Ingrown toenail is a condition that most commonly affects the hallux, or big toe. It is a painful condition in which the nail grows or cuts into one or both sides of the nail bed.
Ingrown toenails can develop for various reasons. In many people, the tendency to have this common disorder is inherited. In other cases, an ingrown toenail is the result of trauma, such as stubbing your toe, having an object fall on your toe, or engaging in activities that involve repeated pressure on the toes, such as kicking or running. This article will explore some home treatment for ingrown toenails.
Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails result when the nail grows into the flesh of your toe, often the big toe. Common causes include:
· Wearing shoes that crowd your toenails
· Cutting your toenails too short or not straight across
· Injury to your toenail
· Unusually curved toenails
· Thickening of your toenails
Poor maintenance, like cutting the nail too short, rounded off at the tip or peeled off at the edges (versus being cut straight across), is likely to cause ingrowth. Fungal infections can also cause ingrown toenails.Shoes that are too tight press the sides of the nail and make it curl into the skin.
Some home remedies or home treatment for ingrown toenails
If it is early in the course of the ingrown toenail, then home care may be successful in preventing the need for surgery.
· Soak the foot in warm water 4 times a day. You do not need to add soap or antibacterial agents to the water
· Wash the foot including the affected area twice a day with soap and water. Keep the foot clean and dry during the rest of the day.
· Do not wear high heels or tight-fitting shoes. Consider wearing sandals, if appropriate, until the condition clears up.
· Try to lift up the corner of the nail that is digging into the skin. Take a small piece of cotton or gauze and roll it between your fingers to form a small roll or wick. Then place the roll between the nail and the skin to keep it elevated. This is painful but is the most important part of home treatment. After every soaking, try to push the roll a little farther in.
· You may take a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
· If you see no improvement within 3 days, call your doctor.
Home treatment for ingrown toenails Tips
1. Put a piece of fresh onion on the nail and bandage; leave over night.
2. Soak your foot in water and soap, cut your nail and stick a piece of cotton wool between the nail and the flesh.
3. Put your foot in a warm tub of salty water for 10-15 minutes, then try to cut the nail and bandage loosely.
4. To relieve the soreness, soak your foot in a basin of warm, not hot, water mixed with a tablespoon or two of Epsom salts.
5. Cut a lemon in half. Put toe in lemon. Put sock over foot. Apply ointment.
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