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The Viable Way for Treatment and Self Care for Your Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail is a common condition that is also known as Onychocryptosis. This condition mainly occurs in the
large toes due to the growth of the nail edge into the flesh of the toe. This sideways growth of the nail pushes into the skin causing it to break.

Symptoms range from redness, soreness, inflammation to yellow or clear pus and lead to a lot of foot pain and foot problems. This problem can be treated at home, but if severe, professional ingrown toenail treatment should be sought.

What are the Risk Factors of an Ingrown Toenail?

Some people are more prone to this condition compared to others. Some common practices such as wearing tight shoes, injuries to the toenails or cutting them too short or unevenly might lead to this condition. Other risks factors that are unavoidable include diabetes, fungal disease, obesity, arthritis, excessive sweating, age and so much more. Moreover, previous nail surgery and repeated injury to the foot can also trigger an ingrown toenail.

An image of an ingrown toenail self care treatment instructions.

An image of an ingrown toenail self care treatment instructions.

Home Treatment and Remedies

It is most advisable to treat the toenail as soon as you detect the symptoms to avoid further complications.

Diluting white vinegar, Clorox bleach footbath and Epsom salts in warm water followed by soaking the foot for about 10 minutes is a good home remedy. This practice not only reduces swelling but will also make the toe less tender.
One can also buy an antibiotic ointment and apply to the area before bandaging. Keep the foot elevated at all times to reduce pressure on the toe as well.

After each soaking, one should place dental floss or cotton beneath the ingrown toe nail. While doing this, remember to change the cotton and dental floss on a daily basis. After some time, the toenail will eventually grow above the toenail.

While you are still sick, wear sensible shoes such as open shoes to avoid wet and warm conditions that would encourage the growth of bacteria worsening the infection.

Professional Treatment

If, after an ingrown toenail home treatment, there is no change or the infection and pain increases, it is better seek professional help. Many professionals such as podiatrists, pediatricians, dermatologists and other physicians engage in ingrown toe nail treatment.

If mild, the doctor will use conservative methods such as soaks, dental floss and give you some antibiotics as well.

Advanced cases will involve ingrown toenail removal surgery. The doctor numbs the toe with anesthesia before trimming the ingrown portion. On the other hand, recurrent conditions are treated by removing both the toenail and the nail bed to prevent further growth. This can be done by laser or by using a chemical and is commonly known as Matricectomy.

With excellent and urgent medical care, it only takes a short recovery period. The best way to avoid an ingrown toenail is to adopt a healthy lifestyle and ensuring to trim the toenails properly.

How to fix an Ingrown Toenail in “30 Days” before it becomes Massive (Easy Methods of Precautions and Treatment)

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.

An image of ingrown toenail treatment

An image of ingrown toenail treatment

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!

Foot problems – Toenail fungus (How to cure it easily at home)

Suffering from toenail fungus is one of those foot problems which may befall all of us at least once in our life. As you may already know, symptoms can include severe odor emitting from the nails, constant discharge, the nails dropping off or even foot pain. Thankfully for you though, Toenail Fungus Treatment isn’t too difficult. In fact, you can remove your toenail fungus from the comfort of your own home.
Perhaps the best treatment I can suggest is combining water and vinegar. You will then want to apply this to your infected toenails every single night. This is going to be a pretty big commitment though as you will need to do it over a period of six months. It is incredibly effective though and in most cases it should eliminate the fungus to a point where it no longer returns! This is because it will be unable to thrive in the environment that the water and vinegar create.
You can also use 100% tea tree oil every single morning and every single night. The reason this works is because it is packed to the brim with nutrients. These nutrients give strength to the toenail and hopefully cause it to eliminate the toenail fungus.

An image of toenail fungus treatment

An image of toenail fungus treatment

The final toenail fungus treatment I want to mention here is a vapor rub. You can find many of them at your local pharmacy. This is the type of stuff that you normally rub on your chest when you are suffering from coughs and colds, or even a stuffy nose. You will want to put this down the side of the nail before you put on socks. This will stop moisture getting in and allowing the foot fungus to breed.
Remember, it isn’t all about treatment! You will also want to take good care of your feet. For example, you will want to ensure that your toes get as much air as possible. Where sandals if you must. The reason for this, as you most likely know, is that toe fungus (or any type of fungus for that matter) thrives in cold and moist locations. Can’t get any worse than in your socks! Remember, you will also want to dry your feet off as quickly as possible if they get wet.
Make sure that you soak your toes every so often in a salt and warm water solution. You can do this until the water goes slightly tepid. You can then trim off excess nail, and try to scrape away as much of the fungus as you can. This should hopefully stop the problem getting worse.
Finally, it is worth noting that even though toenail fungus is fairly easy to clear up using home remedies, in some cases you may need to consult the doctor. Remember, battling a fungus of any description is a long term battle, and thus you will need the doctor’s help if you feel as though you are losing. Don’t worry, not everything can be cured in your own home.

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