Ingrown toenails occur when a nail starts to grow curved into the skin thus causing great discomfort and pain. This, therefore, leads to redness, swelling, tenderness, irritations as well as an infection. Likewise, the main causes of ingrown toenails include: improper footwear, Heredity and a foot injury. Unfortunately, this issue is quite common and is often too difficult to treat. Nevertheless, there are some effective natural ways to soothe the pain successfully. Remember that you shouldn’t cut or trim the nail, and it is best to always consult your doctor first before you try anything on your own.
These five methods are extremely effective and you will soon feel great relief:
- Tea Tree Oil
This amazing oil is a potent natural disinfectant. Hence, all you need to do is to apply a few drops of it on the affected area.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Wash
In the case of an ingrown toenail vinegar is the best solution. You need to simply dilute a quarter cup of it in some warm water, and then soak your feet in it to relieve the pain and discomfort. What is more, it can also prevent an infection if you apply it directly on the wound, since its potent antibacterial properties clean the area. However, it cannot fight an existing bacterial infection.
- Warm Bath With Epsom Salt
Epsom salts disinfect the foot from bacteria, alleviate irritations and soften nails. Just soak the foot in the lukewarm water with all these salts for about 20 minutes.
- Antibiotic Ointment
It is very important to keep the feet clean, because the affected area is vulnerable and core. Since the feet come in contact with a lot of germs, you should apply antibiotic ointment regularly, and wrap it with a bandage in order to keep the toe sterile.
- Floss or a Cotton Ball
In order to relieve pressure between the nail and the painful toe you can use a cotton ball or flow. Just lift the nail with tweezers (or dental floss wrapped around the nail) to carefully place a sterile cotton ball underneath, and also ensure the nail is comfortable above it.