5 Ways To Prevent, Or Treat Ingrown Toenails!

Hands up if you have ever found yourself in agonizing pain from having an ingrown toenail (or more). It’s one of the worst things that I have ever been through, and the more you put off treating it, the more painful it gets. Furthermore, you’ll need more extreme treatments, which comes from visiting a doctor and letting them know that you will probably need some form of surgery.

But if you’re one of the lucky few who only deals with slight pain, or it’s just started now, there are some home remedies you can start to get that pesky toenail growing properly again! Here’s 5 things you can do!

 

1) Cut your toenails PROPERLY. This means the you have to use CLEAN nail clippers, and cut the toenail straight across. This means that you should not curve the corners of your nails! It also means that you can’t cut them too short either, because otherwise they will start growing in the skin. A good guideline is to make sure they are level with the tip of your toes.

2) Soak your feet in a warm salt baths for 10-15 minutes a day. Not only will the pain go away, but your nail will soften, making it easier for treatment. If you’re stuck on which salt to use, go for Epsom salt.

3) Wear shoes that FIT. You might not think that uncomfortable shoes will make a difference, but the extra pressure that they put on your toenail might lead to being overgrown.

4) Pull the skin away using a blunt tool. Once you’ve taken a salt bath, you can life your toenail away from the infected skin, after which you can treat with ethanol to disinfect the inflamed area.

5) Check your feet daily for infections. Of course, at the end of the day, it’s easier to prevent ingrown toenails than to treat them when it gets to be too painful. Make sure that everything is growing in the right proportions!

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