Ingrown nails or toe nails are a very common condition, but usually affects the toes, especially the big toe. This happens when the corner of the nail grows into the flesh, instead of over it and causes discomfort.
The result is painful and on some occasions, can cause infection. Anyone can have ingrown toe nails. The most common causes are poorly fitting shoes or improper grooming of the feet.
Common Causes of Ingrown Nails Include:
● Tight or narrow shoes.
● Trauma to the feet.
● Poor hygiene.
● Cutting your toenails too short.
● Poor posture.
● Excessive foot sweating.
● Prior nail surgery.
● Very long toes.
● Swelling of the feet, either during pregnancy or due to other problems.
Symptoms of an Ingrown Toe Nail
An infected ingrown nail is often painful, with various degrees of redness, swelling and a clear or yellow discharge.
In some cases, like when the ingrown toe nail breaks off in the skin and causes inflammation. This can not be treated at home, surgery is needed.
Treating an Ingrown Toe Nail at Home
Things you will need:
● Nail clippers.
● Antiseptic cream or liquid.
● Ice for numbing.
● Pain killers if needed.
● Bright light.
● Clean Towel.
Steps to Remove the Infected Nail:
1. Wash your feet in a bowl and dry them off with a clean towel. Remove the dry skin surrounding the infected area.
Try to pull the nail as far as possible with a tweezers and clear any
blood. If it gets too painful, apply ice to numb the area.
Hold the ingrown nail with a tweezers and pull it up. Take the nail
clippers and clip the ingrown part away, making it even with the rest of
the nail. Wipe the blood as you go.
4. Clean the toe with antiseptic cream. Take painkillers if needed.
Tips to Help Clear the Infection
Soak your feet in Epson salts and warm water for 15 to 20 minutes -
two or three times a day. Soaking reduces swelling and relieves
● Place a cotton ball or dental floss under the ingrown edge after each soaking session.
● Choose the right foot wear. Consider wearing open toe shoes until your toe feels better.
● Use antibiotic cream on the toe with some bandages to prevent infection.
● Check your feet daily for signs of ingrown toenails, to prevent them early on.
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