Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are caused by the growth of nails cross wise into the soft tissues around them. Typically, the big toe of the foot is affected. You can easily identify the signs of ingrown toenails like rising temperature of affected finger, pain, pus leaking due to the infection, redness and swelling.
Prevent ingrown toenails by cutting or filing your nails regularly. Do not cut your nails too short, another thing to prevent from ingrown nails is avoid wearing the tight shoes. There are some natural and promising solutions of ingrown toenails:
Take any antibiotic ointment and soak a cotton pad in it. Apply under the affected nails so the nails can absorb it and respond to the infection spreading underneath.
Another remedy is treating ingrown toenails with olive oil. This remedy should be done every night for at least a month. Take small amount of olive oil and dip a cotton swab in it then apply it in the corners of affected nails. Cover your toes with a bandage also soaked in olive oil. After that the affected area should be cut a little every three days.
Otherwise, you can simply treat the ingrown toenails with warm water. Ingrown nails are painful so it needs to be treating in order to have an immediate relief. Soak your toenails in warm water; if the nails are soften so cut the corners carefully. It is better to use iodine disinfected scissors then strain in the corner of the nail a piece of sterile cotton. Change the cotton pad daily.
Take warm baths with water and bicarbonate. It will make your ingrown nails soft. Wrap a bandage on the affected toe already soaked in the hydrogen peroxide, iodine or disinfectant.
Pain relief ointments are also suitable for this purpose. If the pain is unbearable so you can apply them like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium.