If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you know the pain that it can cause. Not only that, but it’s annoying because we use our toes in some way or another as part of our usual daily movement, and this use and constant knocking seems to aggravate the nail even more. It makes it more noticeable and seems to last forever!
An ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, may occur at any age and is one of the mostly common toenail problems. It can be a painful condition that can become infected if not properly cared for. While more studies need to be conducted, there are a few that suggest a slightly higher male-to-female ratio, particularly in the 14–25 age group — however, it can affect patients of any age.
There are multiple reasons why an ingrown toenail develops, including improper nail-cutting technique, tight-fitting footwear, trauma, anatomical factors like thickening of the nail plate, a pincer-shaped toenail, pressure from abutting digits caused by hallux valgus or lesser toe deformities, the presence of a subungual exostosis, and occasionally, the use of isotretinoin in the treatment of severe acne. (1)
Something that’s often forgotten is that toenail fungus can become part of the problem too. Usually, nail fungus occurs when fungus enters the nail through a small trauma, such as a cut or break, in the nail. Though often a misconception, nail fungus is not caused by poor hygiene — however, if you have an ingrown toenail, you need to be conscious of keeping the area clean. (2)
Luckily, there are many natural ways to get rid of an ingrown toenail on your own without needing a trip to the doctor. Let’s take a look at some more detail on ingrown toenails and how to get rid of them.
The following five methods are extremely effective and you will soon feel great relief:
1.Floss or a Cotton Ball
You can use a cotton ball or flow to relieve the pressure between the nail and the painful toe. Lift the nail with tweezers (or dental floss wrapped around the nail) to carefully place a sterile cotton ball underneath, and ensure the nail is comfortable above it.
2.Warm Bath With Epsom Salt
Epsom salts alleviate irritations, soften nails, and disinfect the foot from bacteria. Just soak the foot in the lukewarm water with these salts for 20 minutes.
It is of high importance to keep the feet clean, as the affected area is vulnerable and core. The feet come in contact with a lot of germs, so you should apply antibiotic ointment regularly, and wrap it with a bandage to keep the toe sterile.
4.Apple Cider Vinegar Wash
Vinegar is an effective method in the case of an ingrown toenail. You should simply dilute a quarter cup of it in some warm water, and soak your feet in it to relieve the pain and discomfort.
Also it can prevent an infection if you apply it directly on the wound, as its potent antibacterial properties clean the area. Yet, it cannot fight an existing bacterial infection.
5.Tea Tree Oil
This oil is a potent natural disinfectant. All you need to do is to apply a few drops of it on the affected.