We all know how an ingrown toenail feels, it hurts and is hard to deal with when you are on your feet constantly throughout the day.
When an ingrown nail penetrates the skin layer, bacteria travel into the skin and cause an infection. Their has been many cases where it became a medical issue and needed a visit to the doctor. There are some methods to help prevent, heal and alleviate pain and inflammation from the ingrown toenail.
Here are some useful methods:
1. Soak in a warm salt bath
There is a lot of relief that comes with an Epsom salt bath for your feet. When you soak an ingrown toenail in warm water for 15 minutes, a few times a day, it will alleviate inflammation and pain. It even helps to soften the toenail up so that it can be treated better.
2. Use small pieces of cotton
When the toenail is soft enough from the comforting salt water bath, take small cotton balls or gauze and apply it between the ingrown toenail and the skin. That will ensure protection of the skin from the growing edge of the nail. This helps the nail grow away from the skin.
3. Carefully pull the skin away
When the toenail has softened up, carefully lift your toenail away from the skin with a nail file, to pull skin away from the toenail. Always disinfect the nail filer before using it! Place it on the healthy side, then inch your way to the ingrown edge, pulling the nail away from the skin. Be very careful when you do this!
4. Wear proper fitting shoes
Tight shoes can cause an ingrown nail by the tight pressure on the sides of the toes. When you wear proper-fitted shoes, you will not experience this. It will help to prevent that. Comfortable, and some wiggle room is needed to give the toes room.
5. Trim your toenails straight across
Trimming your toenails is a big deal, and it is advised you use clean nail clippers. Trimming your nails straight across and avoid curving the corners of your nail, as that causes ingrown nails.
6. Cut your toenails at a proper length
Do not trim your nails too short, as this will cause an ingrown nail. Always leave your toenails at a certain length, that way the nail won’t penetrate the skin and cause an infection.
7. Practice good hygiene
Always clean your feet each day with warm water and soap to prevent infections and painful ingrown toenails. Have a foot bath in soothing warm water for 10 minutes, then callouses can be removed gently with a pumice stone or emery board. Make sure that you keep your feet moisturized as that will help too! If you want extra comfort, try a foot massage to alleviate any tension or pain.
8. Check your feet for warning signs
The American Diabetes Association says that anyone with diabetes are prone to developing food complications. Diabetes can cause a loss of feeling, ulcers and callouses on the feet. Dry, flaky skin is a warning sign of a thyroid issue, and a high arch in the foot can damage nerves.
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