Ingrown toenails occur when your nail corners grow inside the nailbed.
These are most frequent in toenails.
You can treat ingrown toenails at home and with the help of doctors. You might need to consider medical treatment if the ingrown nail is very painful. If you have some serious conditions like diabetes or similar then it may give rise to some complications.
Top 10 basic remedies for ingrown nails are listed below.
1. Foot Soak
Soak your foot or hand in mixture of warm water and soap. This will reduce some swelling and will also ease your pain. Keep it inside water for around 15-20 mins.
You can also try adding some Epsom salt for some instant relief.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a solution for everything.It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to ease your pain.
Mix warm water with ¼ of Apple cider vinegar and soak in for 20 mins.
3. Apply cotton
Try placing cotton on your nail to let your nail grow properly. To remove the risk of spreading infection, you can dip cotton in Alcohol and then apply it on your nail.
4. Apply antibiotic ointment
Using over-the-counter antibiotic cream will be your safest bet. Apply the cream to the affected toenail, apply 3-4 times in a day. These creams include Neosporin, Bactroban and Polysporin. You can cover it with cotton or bandage after applying the ointment.
5. Wear comfortable shoes and socks
Shoes and socks that are too tight can hurt your feet even more. This is the primary reason for the cause of ingrown toenails. To prevent the situation getting worse, wear comfortable shoes and socks and do not wear
Socks while sleeping at night. Wearing tight shoes and socks can aggregate your situation.
6. Consider taking pain reliever
One famous pain reliever is Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for ingrown toenail pain. If swelling is still present, Advil may be a better option because it helps in both pain and swelling. It has some side effects like abdominal pain, stomachache, and diarrhea, thus should be taken with doctor’s instructions only.
7. Toe protector
A toe protector provides a barrier for ingrown toenails to grow irregularly. Toe protectors can be fitted around the affected region. Example of some effective Toe protector Dr. Scholl’s. It comes in gel form. Use it according to the doctor's recommendation.
8. Try a toe brace
Toe braces are extremely effective for protecting your nails from further damage. You can order online if not found in your local pharmacies.
9. See your doctor about oral antibiotics
If you consider the condition being serious, prefer going to a clinic and getting yourself treated medically.
A doctor’s advice would be best to go for as they can look into the seriousness. Sources available online might aggravate your situation.
Some signs of serious infection are:
Increased puffiness and redness
Increase in pain and swelling
Antibiotics majorly used to treat infected ingrown toenails are amoxicillin and vancomycin.
10. Last solution should be to consider nail removal
If it is not getting any better, even after oral medications, it is better to get it removed. If not removed, infection might increase. Your doctor based on seriousness will recommend it automatically . But this is an extreme scenario, try preferring other steps and if nothing helps you can go with this.
These are the top 10 list of techniques for curing your ingrown nails. These all have so far proved to be highly helpful for and we hope it helps you in the future
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