Having a broken heart is never as painful as an ingrown toenail. For all people, most especially women know how troublesome and painful these are. Its medical term is called ‘Unguis incarnatus’ and if it is just treated a normal thing, it can beat the hell out of you.
Indeed, ingrown toenail won’t cure itself, and if the area later becomes infected by bacteria, medical experts’ intervention through surgeries may be deemed unavoidable. This is maybe the reason why we must prevent worst case scenarios abruptly so that it doesn’t result to this level. But, the question here is why do toenails even become ‘ingrown’ and lead to this situation?
Mainly, of course it is very important to know that all fingers or toes in our body may be affected by it. However, most often it is the big toe that is commonly affected. Apparently, we can imply that there are some sort of genetically-connected factors to be considered. But, there are also varieties of reasons why these ingrown nails take place at all. Here are some of them:
Old tight and small shoes
Those old shoes that are too tight and small for us or don’t fit properly in our feet is one of the main reason. The edges of the nails may dig inside the skin, causing it to grow in the wrong way.
Poor and wrong way of caring nails
In contrary to fingernails, you should not cut your toenails in the shape of an oval but rather of straight one. Otherwise, it may be pushed under the skin and may start to grow inside.
Those people with diabetes who always get ingrown toenails should definitely talk this with their family doctor. Even small injuries can cause big problems. That’s why it is important to imbibe proper nail care and to be more sensitive and careful. As people with diabetes often have their feet numb, they should always ask for the help of medical experts.
Injuries are also considered as one of the common factors for the emerging of ingrown toenails. If your nails get pressed under the skin after you accidentally stub your foot, the nail skin will close over the nail quickly and cause it to grow.
How do you recognize an ingrown toenail?
Apparently, these ingrown toenails are hard to ignore because of the pain that it brings. Ingrown toenails are characterized by the following:
- Pain in the nail bed
- The toe becomes red and swollen
- When the said area was infected, pus and sometimes blood comes out
Very easy yet effective ways of curing your ingrown toenails
Using this easy and effective ways, you can treat ingrown toenails even if you were at home. Be careful and be sure to contact a doctor when you are hesitating to do it on your own.
- Soak your feet
It is proven that foot baths are important components of this treatment. It can make your skin smooth and soft. If you soak your feet in a foot bath regularly, it may have a good sense of prevention. Having a foot bath two to four times a week for just 20 minutes is the most effective way to keep your feet healthy. We advise that you’ll use warm or hot water.
If you use Epsom salts, the skin gets smoothed more and it becomes easier to adjust the nail. Once your feet are nice and soft, it is now ready for this kind of home treatment.
- Use a cotton ball
You may take just a small piece of cotton and roll it between your fingers until you have a thin roll. You can then place the cotton carefully between the nail and the skin.
If it gets more and more painful, you already needed to seek a quick medical attention. Normally you should feel less pain since the nail does not press inside your skin anymore. You may now leave the cotton between your skin and the affected nail so that it can grow out by itself. Always replace the cotton upon bathing again.
- More helpful ways to alleviate the pain
There are also some remedies that contribute to healing and alleviation while you are healing your foot. These are mainly:
Put some apple vinegar in a cotton ball and rub it into the affected area. You should do this many times a day as you want. The apple vinegar nourishes your skin and helps prevent bacteria and infections.
A small amount of eucalyptus oil may relieve you from the pain and help prevent the infiltration of bacteria and some infections.
A slice of lemon
Cut a thin slice of lemon and slowly apply it over the nails. The lemon is proven to be effected most especially if applied to the affected parts. Then you should wrap it around your toe with bandage and leave it overnight. The acid in the lemon helps fight the presence of unwanted bacteria and infectious things.
After you have finished all of these methods, we can say that you can now walk barefoot. But, be sure to wear open shoes and make sure that you don’t stub your toe especially on hard places or things. Even after the recovery period, you should wear comfortable shoes and always cut your nails straight. It can help you even more.
You should, however, always seek a medical attention if problems still persist or remain uncured. But most ingrown toenails are proven to be treated well with these easy and effective ways. Now you don’t have to be in pain! Dance and party as you wish!
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