Ingrown Toenail Treatment

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Most people say that prevention is better than the cure. This sentiment is especially right, when it comes to an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails can be incredibly painful and can lead to infection, which can be catastrophic for people who are diabetic. In order to prevent an ingrown toenail from happening, it’s important to understand how it occurs and how to spot it.

Ingrown Toenails Awareness

Ingrown toenails are the results of the extended growth of the nail edge into the flesh of the toe. This pressure, will eventually lead to the nail breaking through the skin, causing pain, discomfort, and swelling. Other symptoms of ingrown toenails include redness and clear yellowish drainage or pus, which are signs of infection. There are many reasons for the nail edge to grow into the toe’s skin. Something as simple as improper trimming of your toenails can easily cause this. Improper fitting shoes or an old injury are also some of the main causes, as well as a hereditary condition.

Ingrown Toenail Prevention

One of the easiest and most important things one can do to prevent ingrown toenails is to learn how to properly trim your nails. For toenails the general rule is to trim straight across, and use a file to dull the sharp edge at the corners. Aside from this, one must remember to practice good foot hygiene in order to prevent infection from happening should you have an ingrown nail. Always wear shoes that fit well and provide wiggle room for your toes, and wear the appropriate shoes for each occasion. Never wear the wrong shoes for sports, as activities that require a lot of footwork put pressure on your feet and toes.

Ingrown Toenail Home Treatment

If you were either unaware of these preventive measures and have already gotten an ingrown toenail, or are simply just predisposed to having ingrown toenails, it is advised to see your nail technician or visit your doctor if it’s a severe case. It is not advised to practice self-surgery, as this may cause further infection to the affected area. There are however, certain procedures one can do at home to give temporary relief from the pain and swelling that accompany an ingrown toenail. Wash your feet then prepare a solution of 1cup vinegar, ½ cup Epsom salts to 2L of warm water and soak them in the solution for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help to relieve the pain and keep the infection down. Dry your feet thoroughly and apply some tea tree oil to the affected area and set up an appointment with a nail professional as quickly as possible.

An ingrown toenail can be incredibly uncomfortable. In some cases, they may even interfere with daily activities such as walking, which may impede your ability to do simple things that we all take for granted. If you are particularly prone to having these types of nail disorders, take extra precaution by having a regular pedicure and remember to choose well-fitting footwear to avoid the horrible discomfort that is ingrown toenails.

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