How To treating an ingrown toenail
To treating an ingrown toenail, soak or immerse the foot in a basin of warm water. Add a mixture of baking soda and salt into the basin. Soak the foot in a basin with the solution for about 15 to 20 minutes to soften the surrounding skin.
Some people prefer Epsom salt as an alternative to regular salt. After softening the skin, slowly lift the plowed edge or corner of the toenail using sterilized instruments. Cut the nail just enough, not too short. Always keep the affected area clean and dry.
Change dressings as needed. You can take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce the pain. If the ingrown toenail does not improve despite remedies done, it is advised to seek medical attention from a reliable health care provider.
The provider may then give you anti bacterial and anti inflammatory medications, but you have to make sure that you will follow the instructions on how to take them for better results. Do not bite your nail as this will make the nail’s edges sharp and irregularly shaped.
Ingrown toenail happens when the edges of the toenail dig deep into the surrounding skin as the nail grows brought about by improper cutting or trimming. This causes pain and swelling. Formation of purulent discharge occurs as the condition worsens. If you consider it, ingrown toenail is just a simple condition; however, it must be treated at its early stage to confine the infection.
At risk of this condition are athletics, those who wear ill fitted shoes or footwear, reoccurring feet injury, poor foot hygiene, improper posture or gait, congenital foot deformity and toenail malformation, and excessive foot sweating. Underlying health related condition include obesity, diabetes mellitus, fungal nail diseases, and arthritis.
If home remedies mentioned did not improve the situation, matricectomy may be necessary. This is a surgical, chemical, and electrical procedure that removes a part or the entire base of the nail matrix. If the nail matrix is destroyed, it is permanent, which means it will not grow again. This surgery is mostly done to patients with recurring ingrown toenails.
Having ingrown toenail may affect your daily activities as this condition is very painful. One tip is to wear properly fitted shoes or footwear, if you have an ingrown toenail and you are wearing too tight shoes, this will only aggravate the situation. Be hygienic at all times. This may be simple but it is the best way to treating an ingrown toenail.