When the pressure from the growing nail edge begins to dig into the surrounding skin of the toes, it results in ingrowing toenails. At first this produces an inflammation where there is redness and swelling of the surrounding skin. There will be a great deal of pain too. This stage is relatively easy to manage. When the inflammation persists for few days without treatment, it could get infected. At this stage, along with the pain and swelling, there will be a drainage of pus or blood tinged fluid. This stage is also accompanied with even more discomfort and treatment also becomes difficult. Diabetes, obesity, arthritis and fungal infections of the nails may lead to ingrowing toe nails even faster.
General Measures For Ingrown Toenails:
Trimming of the toenails straight is important. You could file the sharp edges. Never cut them curved.
Wear open sandals when there is an ingrown toenail, whenever possible. However if you have to walk around an open area like in the city or growing for a trekking, then keep your toes covered. This is because the bacteria from the surroundings could cause even more damage. Take care to wear shoes that do not pinch on the toenails. Take care that they have adequate room.
It is best to use white cotton socks. It is possible that the dye from the coloured socks could leak into the infected nail and worsen the infections.
4. Never try to treat the ingrown toenail on your own. There is a chance for it to get infected or it could worsen the infection when you use unsterilised instruments. It could also be that you are not aware of the proper way to treat it.
Again take care to trim the nails straight. It is also advisable to refrain from using metallic instruments, you could use a pumice stone instead.
Home Remedies For Ingrown Toenails:
1. Using Cotton Ball:.
The first step is to soak the feet in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes . The warm water itself will help in reducing the discomfort and swelling. After that place a piece of cotton or dental floss under the ingrown edge. This is done to prompt the nail to grow above the edge. Do take care to change the cotton or floss daily to avoid the risk of getting infected further.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it on the ingrown toenail and cover it with a bandage for two hours. Remove it after . Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic and antiinflammatory properties.
3. Turmeric Paste:
Make a paste of a half teaspoon full of turmeric powder with mustard oil . Apply this over the ingrown toenail. You could cover the area with a bandage. This could be repeated for 2 to 3 times daily. This could be carried on for several days to get desired results. To accelerate the healing process, it is desirable to drink a glass of milk after boiling it with a teaspoon of turmeric.
4. Oregano Oil:
Dilute a drop of oregano oil with a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil . Apply this oil over the infected area. This essential oil is well known for its antiseptic, antiviral, antioxidant and antifungal properties.
5. White Flower Oil:
This oil should not be applied directly over the ingrown toenail . Instead, soak a cotton ball in white flower oil and gently massage the surrounding area with it. White flower oil will help control the pain and infection.