There are few minor health conditions in life that are as painful and unattractive as ingrown toenails. They are also very common. About 20 percent of all foot problems reported to doctors in the United States suffer from this condition according to the National Institutes of Health.
An ingrown toenail results from the toenail (more often on the big toe) that returns inside the skin instead of growing on it. This results in swelling and can lead to infection. The toes turn red, pussy, and may even bleed. And, of course, the stabbing pain in the feet is not much fun!
If the infection goes too far, you may need to take antibiotics, which can devastate your stomach or undergo surgery. But, instead of going these ways, why not try some tried and true home remedies to avoid the problem?
It is often said that prevention is better than cure. Certainly, it is the case of ingrown toenails that are easier to prevent from occurring, instead of treating them once they have entered the skin or become infected.
To start, let's look at some cheap and excellent methods to stop them before they start.
1. Check your shoes!
One of the main factors that contribute to ingrown toenails can come from shoes that are too tight and do not allow the feet to breathe. The shape of the shoes can push the nails into the skin, especially during jogging or other sports that involve running and hitting the feet.
The other problem is the air. If the shoes do not have enough space for the feet to get some oxygen, they tend to get very sweaty. This makes the skin too soft and more susceptible to being pierced by the nails.
Wearing shoes that fit better, as well as alternating wearing open shoes will work perfectly!
2. Use cotton balls
If you start to feel some discomfort and worry that your finger is growing, a good way to avoid it is with cotton balls.
According to the Children's Hospital of the University of Michigan, you can simply “place a small piece of wet cotton, such as a cotton ball, under the corner of your ingrown toenail. This will help lift the nail from the skin. "To make this even easier, put a drop of olive or coconut oil on the skin. It will help you separate it from the nail.
3. Dental floss
Similar to the cotton ball technique, you can floss to prevent slightly ingrown toenails from getting worse. First, you should soak your foot in warm water, which helps soften the nail and rinse the bacteria.
Then take some waxed floss and use it to lift the edge of the nail and away from the skin. This should prevent it from growing further.
4. Cut your nails straight
Some people recommend cutting V-shaped nails upside down, stating that it will prevent the sides of the nails from becoming toes. Unfortunately, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, this is a complete myth!
"Cutting a" V "does not affect the growth of the nail. The new nail growth will continue to curve down." Instead of being fancy, they prescribe cutting nails "in a fairly straight line" and not cutting them too short. The rule is simple: "You should be able to put your nail under the sides and the end of the toe nail" that you just trimmed.
5. Essential oils
Two types of essential oils can be particularly useful for fighting ingrown toenails. The first is tea tree oil, which is famous for its antiseptic and antifungal properties.
According to natural remedies, to use it effectively, “combine a cup of Epsom salts and five drops of tea tree essential oil in warm water. Soak your feet in the solution for at least 20 minutes. "This will help reduce inflammation and relieve any pain.
Oregano oil can be used similarly, although it needs a carrier oil to dilute its potency, such as coconut oil, or it can irritate the skin.
6. Recording method
According to the Center for the Defense of Best Practices in New Zealand, "this technique is the least invasive of all conservative non-surgical treatments." Use a strip of tape "to remove the lateral crease of the ingrown toenail." Wrap the tape around the bottom of the tip to hold it in place. You should re-record your toe a couple of times a week.
Now he knows what to do to prevent his toenails from getting bigger, helping to avoid expensive medications and invasive surgeries, not to mention the embarrassment of showing his infected feet in the pool this summer!
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