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:
- 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:
- 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.
- Then try to slide something under the ingrown toenail. Try dental floss- you want to lift the nail above the skin.
- 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.
- Then dab some antibiotic cream on the area to prevent infection.
- 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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