Natural Treatment At Home for Ingrown Toenails That Really Work

An ingrown toenail can be painful and unpleasant. One couldn't wear shoes comfortably if the toes are sore.

Plus, they can be tricky to treat because they can easily become infected and are often a recurring problem.

Ingrown toenail may occur when extra pressure is placed on your toe.

This pressure is caused by shoes that are too tight or too loose. If you walk often or participate in athletics, a shoe that is even a little tight can cause this problem.

The skin along the edge of a toenail may become red and infected. The great toe is affected most often, but any toenail can become ingrown.

If your ingrown toenail has become infected, you shouldn't attempt to treat it yourself.

This is when the sore area becomes swollen, bleeds, or starts discharging pus.

The first thing you'll do is to see a podiatrist.

However, if not infected, you can try some at home remedies to keep the pain at prevent the ingrown toenail from coming back.

Here are some ideas:

1. Sea Salt Foot Bath

The hot water will soften the skin around the ingrown nail and the salt will help combat infection and reduce swelling.

- Fill a basin with 8 liters (2 gallons) hot water and several tablespoons epsom salt or sea salt.

- Stir until salt is dissolve then soak your foot for 20 minutes

- Rinse, dry, and apply clean socks. Repeat every day until the redness disappears.

2. Warm Compress

You can place a small piece of warm cotton underneath the ingrown toenail to lift it. This will help the nail grow outward and stop it from growing into the soft surrounding area.

- Add one tablespoon of salt, or sea salt, to a pint of lukewarm water.

- Soak gauze in it and apply to your ingrown toenails for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat this process several times each day until your ingrown nail is cured.

Tips to avoid ingrown toenails:

* Let your feet breathe.

* If going outside, avoid using tight socks and opt for sandals when appropriate.

* Cut your nails with more precision, or have them professionally cut to avoid ingrown nails in the future.

* Cut toenails straight across and leave the outside edges parallel to the skin.