When it comes to conditions of the feet, for many people there is nothing worse than an ingrown toenail. Honestly, the pain is absolutely horrendous as that rouge nail begins to grow deep into your soft skin. If you are suffering from this condition you can look forward to incredible amounts of pain, socks caked in blood and possibly blood infections. It is therefore absolutely vital that you have the problem sorted as soon as possible. On this page I want to discuss a couple of options that you have at your disposal. The first is remedies that you can carry out in the comfort of your own home, and the second ingrown toenail surgery. Let’s take a peek shall we?
Firstly, it is worth noting that ingrown toenails can only be removed by surgical methods if they are too advanced. Quite often it is difficult to spot ingrown toenails during the early stages, and thus for many people this is the only option. Second point, if you are doing ingrown toenail treatment at home, do NOT try to cut out the nail. It will only end up making the problem worse.
The first thing you are going to need to do is soak your toe for around 30 minutes in a warm water and salt solution. This will soften the skin up a little bit. You can then slide some dental floss underneath the ingrown toenail which should hopefully allow it to grow out a tiny bit. Your aim is to guide it away from digging into the skin. Of course, this is only going to be suitable if your toenail is only at a very early stage of its growth. Remember, when you are doing this method you want to be sure that the toe does not get infected. Therefore every couple of days you will want to apply some antibacterial ointment to the location. At some point, you should be able to cut out the nail!
If that doesn’t work, or if the problem is slightly more severe then you will need to look into surgical treatment. This will be carried out under local anaesthetic (meaning you won’t be put to sleep!). The doctor will first put a strap around the toe to stop the anaesthetic travelling away from the toe. They will then inject around 8 different injections into your toe to ensure it is totally numb. Once this has been done they will carefully splice the nail out. This does get pretty messy! The whole procedure will last about 20 minutes. If you suffer from reoccurring ingrown toenails then they may remove the whole nail (takes about 6 months to grow back). In addition to this they may apply a solution which will stop the nail growing again down the sides.
As you can see, removing an ingrown toenail isn’t all that difficult. Please don’t be put off by the idea of surgery though, it is a lot less painful than living with this condition!