Anyone with an ingrown toenail can tell you how bothersome the condition is.
Discomfort and pain are common side effects of an ingrown nail.
Ingrown toenails stem from foot injuries, wearing the wrong shoes, and genetics.
At times, our toenails can be unsightly. They might sport a yellow tone, a crack, or get lumpy and thick based on the time of year, along with how exposed they are to bacteria or fungus.
For the most part, ingrown toenails are painful, and the longer the issues are neglected, the worse it gets.
People have been known to resolve the ingrown toenail issue on their own using pen knifes, but this approach will worsen the issue.
There are cleaner and healthier ways to deal with an ingrown toenail:
What are Ingrown Toenails?
An ingrown toenail arises when the side or a corner of a toenail penetrates the flesh, leading to swelling, redness, or worse – an infection.
Ingrown toenails tend to show up on the big toe since that nail is the strongest and thickest, particularly when wearing shoes that constrict your feet.
Other potential symptoms are:
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No.1 Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Soaking your feet is worthwhile whether or not you have an ingrown toenail.
The first step you should take to treat an ingrown toenail is to soak it.
According to the Epsom Salt Council, the powder can minimize swelling, sooth muscle pain, and soften the skin.
Soaking your feet in a warm Epsom salt bath will minimize the swelling and pain of your ingrown toenail.
This approach is also effective for an ingrown toenail that is only mildly grown. It can make the skin softer to prepare it for other treatments.
No.2 Cotton Ball Approach
Because ingrown toenails happen when the nail grows too close to the skin, it is practical to keep the two separate.
According to the Mayo Clinic, physicians usually lift the toenail and put a small cotton ball beneath the nail to stimulate growth away from the skin.
If you opt for this method in your home, ensure you use antiseptic treatment to soak the cotton and change the dressing every day.
Between cotton changes, you can alleviate pain and keep rough, rigid skin soft by soaking your toe in Epsom salt.
Another effective approach to alleviate pain is to use a pain relieving gel for ingrown toenails. Dr. Scholl makes such a product and pairs it with a bandage cushion and foam ring to keep the affected area protected.
No.3 Dental Floss
The dental floss approach is like the cotton ball method above.
Putting dental floss beneath the nail can aid in moderately dividing the nail from the skin for the purposes of growth redirection.
If you opt for this approach, ensure you use unflavored floss. The area is sensitive, and the mint will sting upon contact.
No.4 Toolkit for Toenails
This is an approach often used. A professional pedicure kit comes with a cleaning tool and a toenail corrector. It is more of an ingrown toenail prevention kit than a treatment.
The toenail corrector uses lever mechanics to modify the direction of how your nail grows. The nail will be flattened, expanded, and grow in another direction.
Here are the directions on how to use it……..