You were never fond of long nails and always like to trim them short. But last time when you cut your toenails, by mistake they got a bit over short. Within a few days you started noticing pus kind of liquid forming around your toenail which gradually turned red and started paining. When you observed keenly you noticed to your horror, in-growth of your toenail had initiated! An ingrown toenail is a painful condition where a toenail starts growing in the wrong direction.
Here the edge of the nail grows into the skin and flesh causing pain, swelling and infection sometimes. The good news is that it can be treated at home with some effective home remedies. Do not neglect if you notice any signs of wrong growth of nails accompanied by pus and pain. It is not just an agonizing and discomforting situation but a worrisome condition for patients suffering from diabetes and related ailments where circulation is poor, as ingrown nails may cause further complications. It is suggested to take advice from your physician before attempting any home remedy on such people.
Home Remedies To Treat Ingrown Toenails
1. Soaking Your Feet
Best way to reduce pain and avoid infection as much as possible is by soaking your feet in warm water. Do this at least four times a day. For more effectiveness soak your fee in vinegar solution or Epson salt solution. This will reduce the inflammation and soften your nails. Always keep your feet clean and dry throughout the day.
2. Onion Therapy
This is one of the effective home remedies many people have found relief from. Soak your feet as in the above step, remove and pat them dry. Cut an onion into half and rub your affected toenail with the cut side of the onion, so that the juices go into the affected area. Rub it for 10 minutes at least. Then wrap your toes with fresh basil leaves, secure with a tape and put a sock over it before sleeping. You will see a lot of improvement by morning.
3. Trim Your Nails Properly
Forget the curved nails. You can prevent in-growth of toenails by a large extent by cutting and trimming the nails properly. Always cut your nails straight across, never clip the corners or round them off. If the corners are too sharp you can file them a bit.
4. Place Cotton Between Nail And Skin
This remedy will force the nail to grow straight and not into the skin. Pat dry your soaked feet. Gently take the corner of the nail and lift it up. Get a small piece of gauze or cotton rolled into a small wick or roll and try to place it between the fingernail and the skin, keeping it elevated. Some people also keep dental floss instead of cotton.
Change it every day without fail and continue until you notice the normal growth of your toenail. Apart from above home remedies keep a check on what kind of footwear you are wearing. Strictly avoid tight fitting shoes and high heels. Wear open toe shoes and sandals which are well aerated and which do not put pressure on the toes.