Have you ever had an ingrown toenail? Do you have it right now? If YES, then you know the pain it can cause. An ingrown toenail results when the edges of the nail begin exerting pressure on the toe skin and start growing into it instead of over it.
This can happen to anyone and any toe, but ingrown toenail can often be found in the big toe. Various things can happen to an ingrown toe; it can be infected, it may cause pain, it may be red and swollen, and there are good chances of having pus in it.
So, do you want to know how to get rid of an ingrown toenail? Don’t worry this complete guide have everything you need to know about toenail, what causes it, it’s symptoms, how to treat it, and some prevention tips to avoid ending up with an ingrown toenail.
Table of Contents
- 1 Causes of Ingrown Toenail
- 2 What are the Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail?
- 3 Home Remedies to Get Rid of an Ingrown Toenail?
- 4 Tips to Prevent Ingrown Toenail
- 5 Warnings Regarding the Treatment of Ingrown Toenail
- 6 Final Words
Causes of Ingrown Toenail
There are many things/activities that can play their role in causing Ingrown toenails.
- Improper cutting of the nail or cutting it too small.
- Continues pressure on the nail due to very tight shoes, because the shoes will be forcing it to grow into the skin.
- A repeated activity that can cause injury to the nail such as kicking a football.
- Poor hygiene of the foot.
- Having curved toenails.
- Stubbing of the toe.
What are the Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail?
Well, there are no such particular symptoms of the ingrown toenail can be spotted. It includes; OF COURSE pain from a nail growth into the skin instead of over it.
The redness, swelling, pus, and the pain in the surrounding area indicates the infection due to the ingrown toenail.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of an Ingrown Toenail?
1. Hot Water to get rid of the pain by Ingrown Toenail
There are times that one cannot help itself to find an easy technique to relieve the pain and swelling due to an ingrown toenail. There, Soaking in Hot water remedy come in handy to make the pain and swelling go away quickly.
Follow the Steps:
- Boil some water or if you have already hot water then Fill a foot tub with it.
- In case of boil water, wait for some time so that it come down to the temperature that it will not be able to scald your skin—Dip your affected foot in the tub.
- Let it stay for around 10 minutes.
- Your ingrown toenail will be softer and easier to trim after following this process.
Precaution: Before dipping your foot in the water, make sure that it is Hot or Warm water, and its temperature is not very high—Otherwise it will do more harm than good.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar to heal an Ingrown Toenail
Apple Cider Vinegar or Cider Vinegar or ACV is known to be very powerful antiseptic. It is also one of the most effective remedy in dealing with many skin related issues such as pimples; blackheads, whiteheads, zits, etc.
So, if used on ingrown toenail, it will definitely clean the area and provide a healing friendly environment.
Follow these Steps:
- Dilute the ACV by mixing it’s few tablespoons with water.
- Dip your feet in the diluted cider vinegar and keep it there for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Do this 2-3 times a day for few days.
3. Epsom Salt
Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) is a drying agent that is known for its amazing benefits in several health issues including ingrown toenail, soothing, and healing of the skin. It also has disinfectant properties that kill the bacteria and helps reduce the inflammation.
Steps to Follow:
- Fill a foot tub with warm water and mix one tablespoon of Epsom salt in it.
- Soak in your foot on which the ingrown nail is.
- Leave it there for about half an hour
- Remove your foot and ensure the drying of your foot and the surrounding area of the ingrown nail.
- Do this three to four times a week until you see the desired results.
- Besides healing, this will also take care of the pain brought about the condition.
4. Try Hydrogen Peroxide on your Ingrown Toenail
Another useful and the easily available home remedy for ingrown toenail is Hydrogen Peroxide that will reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the Ingrown Toenail.
Additionally, it will make your skin soften which will provide a suitable environment for the trimming of your nails.
Direction: Mix about a half cup of Hydrogen Peroxide in foot tub filled with warm water and soak your affected foot in it for about 25 minutes— Do this two times a day until you see clear improvements.
5. Dental Floss to cure the Ingrown Toenail
You can also use this method to help solve the problem and help your ingrown toenail to grow in the direction in needs to grow.
Direction: Place small bits of dental floss under the sides of your ingrown nail to make your nail grow in a proper direction. Though every medical group is not agreeing to this method.
Please note that growing out of your nail can take up to a week or two—so be patient.
And you may have to carefully cut the nail before placing the floss under it—You can use the above Epsom Salt remedy to make it softer to reduce the pain and swelling during the cutting.
Warning: Placing the dental floss under your nail may increase the pain and allow the harmful bacteria to come in. So, soak in the floss in hydrogen peroxide before placement as you do not want further problems—do you?
6. Try White Flower Oil
There are good chances that you may heard for the first time about the White Flower Oil. Well, it is like a liniment that you can apply and rub it on your skin to relieve the pain as well as get rid of the infection.
- Apply some drops of the mentioned oil on your toenail.
- Leave it there for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wipe off with a clean cloth.
7. Lemon to Heal your Ingrown Nail
Lemon is high in citric acid, and that is the reason that it can help you in treating your ingrown toenail because it kills the infection causing bacteria and promote a suitable environment for healing.
Steps to Follow:
- Cut one lemon into several pieces.
- Get one piece and put it on your ingrown toenail before hitting the bed—Remove it in the morning.
- Use the remaining pieces for upcoming nights.
Tips to Prevent Ingrown Toenail
- Start cutting your toenails straight across instead of giving them a rounded shape because cutting them straight across will reduce the chances of it’s going into the skin.
- Don’t cut your toenails too short because shorter toenails can be pressed down easily during wearing shoes or other activities, which can result in an ingrown toenail.
- If the chances of injury of your toenail are more where you work (for example, working at the construction sites) then consider investing in steel-toed boots to decrease the probability of growing your toenail into the skin.
- Avoid wearing too fit shoes because tighter shoes can apply pressure on your nails, which can cause them grow into the skin.
- If following all these solutions and hacks don’t solve your problem and you often get ingrown toenails, then consider visiting a Podiatrist and let him do what he’s trained for.
Warnings Regarding the Treatment of Ingrown Toenail
- If your ingrown toenail produces yellow or green pus, then don’t waste your time at treating it by yourself because it may indicate that the area of your toenail is infected, Sa visit a Podiatrist as soon as possible.
- Your toenail is very vulnerable to infections if it is ingrown, so keep it covered and clean to be on the safe side from further damages.
- Removing the cuticles from your toenails might be a bad idea because it irritates them and increases the chances of becoming ingrown.
- Trimming the borders of the ingrown toenails will not solve the problem permanently and will make the situation worst.
- Visit a doctor if excessive redness or pus is still present even after 3 or 4 days.
There you have it a little crash course about how to get rid of ingrown toenail, means how to heal the ingrown toenail. These are some of the most effective remedies to do the job, but you have to be patient and consistent if you want to treat your ingrown toenail naturally.
If you can’t wait, then go for other fast treatment methods but remember that natural remedies are risk-free.
Also remember that these remedies are for the treatment of minor issues regarding toenail, if your case is severe then don’t waste your time here and see a doctor at earliest.
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