Sometimes the nail starts growing into the skin surrounding it. Slowly the skin starts covering the nail by growing over it, making it very uncomfortable and painful. Improper cutting of nails, injury, hereditary, curved nature of nails can all lead to this abnormal growth of the nail. If left untreated for a long time, these fingernails can get susceptible to infection. We can soak the infected nail in various soak to soften and disinfect it so that the process of cutting it will be less painful and not lead to infections.
Let Us See The Various Measures We Can Take To Get Rid Of This Problem:
1. Warm Water
Soak your hands in warm water for about 15-20 minutes. This will help in softening the tough nail and if possible you can clip it as the area is soft. Alternatively, after the soak, try to gauge a piece of cotton below the nail for a few hours. This will lift the nail and help it in growing out, as opposed to growing in the skin. Repeat this for several days till the nails grow properly in the correct direction.
2. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt has pain relieving properties and can act as a disinfectant. Take 4 cups of warm water in a bowl and add 2 tabs of Epsom salt to it. Soak the hands for 20 minutes to soften them and reduce the pain and swelling. Once the inflammation minimizes you can carefully cut the nail or insert cotton beneath it.
Cut a slice of lemon and put it over the infected nail and cover it with a bandage. Leave it for a few hours or overnight. The vitamin C in lemon minimizes infection and prevents the nail from cutting into the skin.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Add 2-4 drops of tea tree oil to a bowl of warm water and soak the fingers. This oil has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties to help minimize the chances of infection and reduces the pain. This can be followed 2-4 times a day for quick relief. Or massaging 2-3 drops of this oil mixed with olive oil on the affected finger can make it tender and reduce the inflammation.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Take a bowl of water and add 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide to it. Dip the hands and soak for a few minutes. The disinfectant properties of the peroxide should be absorbed by the ingrown nail finger. The nails will become soft and easy to clip off slowly.
6. Clove Oil
This oil can numb the pain and reduce the chances of infection. Mix a few drops of olive oil and massage into the cuticles and leave overnight after bandaging the finger. Not only will the pain be reduced but the nail will also be healed enough for clipping the nail.
7. Rosemary Oil
It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties to heal and cure an ingrown nail infection.
8. Baby Oil
9. Potassium Permanganate
This is antiseptic in nature and can reduce the chances of infection in the ingrown fingernail. Add 1/2 tsp of potassium permanganate in a gallon of water and dip your hands for 20 minutes.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to a bowl of water and make a soak that heals, softens and acts as an anti-fungal treatment. A gauge soaked in apple cider vinegar can be applied to the ingrown nail and left for a few hours to allow healing. Also, oral intake of this vinegar can allow faster recovery as it works from within.