Ingrown toenails are an annoying condition generally afflicting the big toe, but, in rare cases, it can also affect the other nails. The nail grows inside the surrounding skin, causing the entire area to become tender, red and swollen. In this guide, we will consider some home remedies to treat ingrown toenails.
1. Rub in some bacon
Rubbing some bacon on the ingrown toenail is a common home remedy to treat it. The fat in the bacon helps the nail slide out without any pain allowing it to grow out normally. Keep the bacon on the skin all night to see positive results.
2. Soak the affected foot in hot water and vinegar
Soaking the affected foot can help soften the skin of the toe and allow the nails to come out normally. Vinegar also reduces roughness of the calluses enabling the nails to come out on their own. This is one of the best natural remedies to cure ingrown toenails.
3. Apply castor oil
Castor oil is a fantastic remedy for treating warts and corns on the toes but it is also one of the effective ways of ingrown toenail removal without surgery. Dab some castor oil on clean cotton wool and rub it on the nail. Leave it on overnight to soften the skin to enable the nail to come out naturally.
4. Clip the nails properly
One of the commonest ingrown toenail causes is not clipping the nails properly. Always cut the toenails flat and straight. Be mindful when cutting the nails to avoid injuries.
5. Apply antibacterial cream
In-growth of nails can lead to a bacterial infection of the skin. So do apply some antibacterial cream to prevent them.
6. Address ingrown toenails immediately
If you ignore the ingrown toenail, its chances of getting infected or the pain worsening can increase.So make sure you address the issue immediately.
7. Use over-the-counter products
Many over-the-counter remedies can help reduce pain and suffering associated with ingrown toenails. These include tea tree oil or menthol based products. Apply them as directed to see results. Dr. Scholls’ Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever is a good product.
8. Use cotton to lift the burrowing nail
This is one of the best ways to get rid of ingrown toenails. Start by soaking the affected foot in hot water. Let it soak for at least 10 minutes. Dry the foot and insert a clean sterile cotton wool under the burrowing nail to lift it. Apply antiseptic cream in the region where the nail has inserted the skin. Cover with a soft clean bandage. Let it remain overnight. Change the cotton the next morning. Repeat this home remedy until the nail grows normally.
9. Wear the right footwear
Certain types of footwear can cause ingrown toenails. If you are in the habit of wearing tight shoes, it is time to change them. Invest in a comfortable pair of shoes that do not put pressure on your toes. Always shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening when your feet are at maximum size (feet sizes change as we go through the day!). Wear athletic socks when buying the shoes. In case of chronic ingrown toenail problem, opt for open toed or wide toed- shoes.
10. See a doctor
If your ingrown toenail develops pain, swelling and infection, see a doctor immediately. In some cases, ingrown toenail surgery may be the only way to solve the problem. This is especially the case when a fleshy growth (proud flesh) grows alongside the toenail. The inflamed soft tissue can become extremely tender and painful and the only way to reduce this pain is to surgically cut the ingrown nail through a small operation. You may be given antibiotics to prevent infections.
Ingrown toenails can be painful and annoying but do avoid doing something drastic as cutting a V-shaped wedge in the nail. People often think this method will help the nail’s sides grow towards the open center and away from the ingrown edge to alleviate the problem. This is not true- all nails always grow outward from the base so avoid taking these matters into your hand. See a doctor immediately if the above ingrown toenail remedies do not help.