Anyone who has ever suffered from an ingrown toe nail understands that they aren’t pleasant. This injury is small, but it can trigger some significant pain and inconvenience.
Ingrown toenails happen when the nail starts growing into the skin in a curved pattern. This growth irritates the skin, triggering soreness, tenderness, and swelling. Sometimes, it can also cause an infection.
What causes an ingrown toe nail? Heredity, a recent foot injury, or improperly fitted footwear can all add to an ingrown toe nail. They are very common and can be difficult to prevent. Fortunately, if you are currently having a problem with an ingrown toenail, there are home remedies that will reduce your pain and discomfort. Speak with a medical professional before trying any of these remedies and your feet will be back on track in no time.
1. Soak your foot in warm bath containing Epsom salts
Epsom salts help to decontaminate your foot from bacteria and will soothe inflamed skin. Use lukewarm (not hot) water and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. The water will also help soften the nail.
2. Use floss or a cotton ball to alleviate pressure between your toe and your nail
Use tweezers (or floss wrapped around the nail) to carefully lift your nail enough so that you can place a sterilized cotton ball underneath. Do not try to jam the cotton under the nail. Put it gently so that the nail rests easily on top. Be sure to change the cotton ball frequently as it will become a magnet for bacteria. This is only a short-term solution and should just be done if you have consulted a medical professional.
3. Apply antibiotic lotion
Regularly apply antibiotic ointment to the area to prevent infection. Our feet can be found in contact with a lot of bacteria, so keep the area clean, especially when your skin is vulnerable and sore. Use a bandage to keep your toe sterilized.
4. You can also use tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant. Apply just a few drops on your toe to kill the bacteria that can make your ingrown toenail even worse. This natural home remedy will relieve the pain caused by an ingrown toenail. Do not try to cut or trim your toenail before receiving medical advice, as it could cause more damage to your toe. Consult your doctor for the best and safest way to treat an ingrown toenail.