Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails

Nothing so small ever hurt quite so much as an ingrown toenail.  If you’ve had one, you know!  A doctor can take care of it for you but why not try some of the  world’s oldest home remedies first?  After all, anything you can do for yourself at home naturally is better in the long run.  We’ll show you several proven home remedies for ingrown toenails.  But first, let’s take a closer look at what they are.

What are Ingrown Toenails?

When your toenail grows into the flesh of your toe instead of outward and over the surface, you get an ingrown toenail.  It happens most often on the big toe, usually growing into the side of the toe.

What are the Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails?

You can tell by looking at your toe or by feeling the pain.  Either way, it’s not pleasant and needs to be taken care of right away by using one of the home remedies for ingrown toenails below.  Here are some more symptoms of ingrown toenails:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • tenderness of skin where toenail grew into it
  • can lead to infection

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Several things can cause ingrown toenails.  One big cause is trauma: if you play sports you may already know about this!  If the nail gets pressed into the skin it may stay there and grow into the toe.  Here are some other causes:

  • badly fitting shoes: too tight at the toe, pinching the big toenail into your toe
  • tight hose- same idea, where the hose presses the nail into the skin all day long
  • cutting your nails wrong: if they are cut with a curve on the sides, they are more likely to become ingrown.  Cut straight across.
  • your genes: curved or thick nails are more likely to become ingrown
  • sometimes it’s a fungus

Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails for Your Family

Below you will find some of the best home remedies for ingrown toenails.  If you feel that your ingrown toenail has become infected, it might be time to see a doctor.

1.  Warm soak method. This home remedy involves several steps:

  1. Soak your foot in warm water for 20 minutes as many times a day as you can possibly manage.  This will provide relief to the swelling.
  2. Then try to slide something under the ingrown toenail.  Try dental floss- you want to lift the nail above the skin.
  3. Then put a piece of moist cotton under the nail so it doesn’t just grow back in after you’ve gone to all the trouble of lifting it out.
  4. Then dab some antibiotic cream on the area to prevent infection.
  5. Repeat these steps at least 4 times a day

2.  Wear sandals. If you can’t wear open-toe shoes, at least wear shoes that won’t crimp your big toes.

3.  Keep it covered with a band-aid.  This will keep it soft and will also provide padding around the tender area.

4.  Hydrogen Peroxide.  This is a disinfectant which can clear up an infection if you get one.  Soak your foot in a foot bath that has 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide in it.

5.  Epsom Salt.  Foot soak with epsom salt can also clear up infection.  It’s also a good preventive measure.


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Fast Working Home Remedies for Bloating

The zipper on your jeans suddenly won’t go up. Or your belt needs loosening. What’s the problem? Bloating. It’s one one of the most common complaints people have: everyone feels it at one time or another. It’s common and annoying but usually harmless and easily treatable. Below, we’ll show you some home remedies that nobody talks about. There are little-known secrets from around the world, some of which have been used effectively for centuries. Most of them are easily implementable using ingredients you have in your home already.

What is Bloating?

That swelling in your abdomen is excess gas in your intestines or excess retained fluid.

Symptoms of Bloating

  1. Your abdominal region will feel tight when you’re bloated because of the pressure. That’s because it actually IS pretty tight, stretched by the gasses expanding inside your intestines. Your abdomen and even stomach area will become distended- hence the jeans zipper problem so many of us are familiar with.
  2. Pain in the abdomen can sometimes accompany bloating. It’s a surprisingly sharp pain. Sometimes gas feels as if you might need your appendix out.
  3. Pain in your lower back.
  4. Difficulty breathing
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Gas
  7. Cramps

Causes of Bloating

There are several simple causes of bloating, but the most common is something you ate. Here are some other causes of bloating, starting with another very common one:

  • Menstrual cycle. Right before women menstruate, bloating occurs due to retaining fluids.
  • Constipation. This is due to not enough fiber in the diet, or not drinking enough water.
  • Carbonated drinks. If your digestive system is sensitive and prone to bloating, fizzy drinks will cause problems.
  • Eating too fast. This makes you swallow air.
  • Eating too much. The digestive system becomes overloaded and takes a long time to break down all the food, causing bloating.
  • Too much salt. Just like women who retain fluids before menstruation, anyone can retain too much fluid due to eating too much salt.
  • Food. Some foods are just known for causing gas. Everyone knows about beans! But there’s also cabbage, onions, cauliflower, etc.

Home Remedies for Bloating

Luckily there are lots of home remedies for bloating that work fast. Try one, try them all until you find your personal favorite.

1. Peppermint tea. Peppermint has long been known to settle the stomach but it also makes a good remedy for bloating.

2. Fennel seeds. Look for them in Indian restaurants- that’s why they’re there. Buy them in any grocery store-they’re a common cooking ingredient. They are a natural home remedy for bloating that really works.

3. Bananas. Potassium in bananas keeps your fluids in balance, preventing bloating.

4. Baking soda + lemon. This is a fizzy drink – add water when the fizzing stops, then drink.

5. Caraway seeds. These work like fennel seeds.

6. Clove oil. The clove oil relaxes the smooth muscle lining in the digestive tract, to relive bloating. Drink as tea and the bloating will go down.

7. Yoga. The inverted positions in yoga will make the gas in your intestines work itself out.

8. Scrub your floors. This works for the same reason as remedy #7, above!

Classic Home Remedies for Poison Oak That Still Work

There are few among us who are immune to the terribly annoying effects of poison oak.  This plant causes a well-known rash that itches and has a reputation for sticking around for quite some time.  85% of Americans are prone to the effects of poison oak or its cousins, poison ivy and poison sumac.  Chances are, if you’re allergic to one you’re allergic to the other two.  What’s nice to know is there are actually  home remedies for itch relief.  We’ve gathered the best ones here, below.

What is Poison Oak?

These classic home remedies for poison oak still work because they’re basically treating an allergic reaction.  They are simple solutions to common problems that have irritated humans for centuries.  Poison oak contains urushiol, a substance most people are allergic to.  After contact, it causes the skin to develop a rash.

What are the Symptoms of a Reaction to Poison Oak?

Symptoms of poison oak will appear 1 to 3 days after contact.  Immediately, however, you will see red lines on your skin, where the plant brushed against you.  Also, you may experience:

  • blistering
  • oozing skin
  • itching

What are the Causes of Itching Due to Poison Oak?

Touching the leaves of a poison oak  plant is by far the easiest way to get dermatitis from poison oak.  Touching the stems or roots can also give you symptoms, however.

Classic Home Remedies for Poison Oak

1.  Aloe Vera.  Known generally as a healing agent and a good burn healer, Aloe Vera is also good on poison oak.  Just pat it on full strength.

2.  Tea Tree Oil.  This natural ingredient should be applied as many times as is possible throughout the day.

3.  Medicated Body Powder & Rubbing Alcohol.  Mix Gold Bond and rubbing alcohol together to form a paste.  Then dab it on the rash, then wrap it all up in gauze.

4.  Banana peels.  This is one of the more silly-sounding home remedies for poison oak but it works, albeit temporarily.  Rub the inside of a banana peel on your rash and it should stop itching for a while.

5.  Potatos & Oatmeal.    Don’t laugh: potatoes are used in a lot of home remedies where a non-inflammatory is needed.  Take a raw potato and blend it with the cooked oatmeal into a paste in your blender.  Then apply that to the rash.  You could also add it to your bathwater.

6.  Cool compress.  There’ s a blistering phase of a poison oak condition.  Putting a cool compress on the area during the blistering phase can provide relief.

7.  Calamine lotion.  Everyone should have a bottle in their bathroom cabinet.  This helps with the itching.

8.  A nice cool shower.  Again, this provides relief from itching.

9.  Coffee.  Yes, strong brewed black coffee applied to the irritated area can soothe the inflammation and itching.  That’s because coffee contains chlorogenic acid.  This is an anti-inflammatory.  Anything you can do to reduce inflammation will help stop the spread of the rash.

10.  Oats bath.  Add three cups of uncooked oats to your bath and soak.  This is a very well known home remedy for poison oak, or any skin conditin.