Most of us have been there at some point in our lives. And some have gone through it even more than once. It’s painful, uncomfortable, irritating and can even cause an infection to form. We are talking about those dreaded ingrown toenails, of course.
To put it simply, it’s a condition where your toenail curves and continues growing into the skin. This causes the ‘victim’ no small amount of pain and discomfort. The meat on your toe becomes tender and may even swell or become red, or, most probably, both.
There are quite a few factors for the occurrence of these ingrown toenails. Some of the main ones include an injury, improper footwear or even genetics. But before you curl up in the depression corner, know that there are a few things you can do to minimize and relieve this condition.
It’s always a good idea to consult with your physician about which method or methods to try, and through some trial-and-error, you yourself will see what works best for you. Here are some suggestions we’d like to offer you concerning this painful matter.
1. Tea Tree Oil
You might have already heard of its miraculous disinfectant properties. All you need to do is add a few drops of tea tree essential oil onto your affected nail and let this natural remedy work its magic.
2. Soak Your Feet in ACV
It’s a simple method of adding ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar into a foot tub filled with warm water (it doesn’t have to be all the way, so the concentration doesn’t turn out too weak). Then just give your feet a good soaking into this solution.
When you apply it to the affected area, this natural remedy prevents infections from occurring. However, the keyword here is prevents, as it cannot cure an already existing infection. Still, you should use it for its natural antibacterial effect to clean your affected area. It can only be of help, no side effects to worry about.
3. Bathe in Epsom Salt
These baths are a great way no only to relax and unwind, but they also relieve your skin of any irritation, and even soften your nails for you, efficiently disinfecting them.
Or, if you don’t want to take a whole bath (or you don’t own a bathtub), than simply soak both your feet in a foot tub in which you will have combined some Epsom salt with warm water.
4. Antibiotic Ointments
Start by cleaning your feet thoroughly before applying an antibiotic ointment several times in one day. Then simply cover it using a gauze. This is to prevent any germs or infections from further complicating things.
You should do this until you’ve noticed the infection has disappeared. The treatment time can vary from individual to individual.
5. Floss and Cotton Ball
Use some floss or a pair of tweezers to life tour nail just a bit. Place a previously sterilized cotton ball on the open area, but make sure it doesn’t cause you any discomfort of pain.
There you have it. These 5 easy home remedies are sure to ease the frustration with having to deal with ingrown nails.