Ingrown Toenail? How to Feel Better Fast

If you are diabetic or have other circulation issues in your lower extremities, it is extremely important that you see your physician if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail. The following advice we’re sharing from the Mayo Clinic applies to those without diabetes or circulation issues.

prevention and treatment of ingrown infected nailToday, we’re going to talk you through and out of the pain of an ingrown toenail. If you’ve had one, you know that it’s not fun. If you haven’t had an ingrown toenail, this advice may keep you from getting one.

The Mayo Clinic lists a comprehensive list of symptoms, making this painful affliction easy to identify.

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

  • Pain and tenderness along the side of the nail
  • Redness around toenail
  • Swelling around toenail
  • Infected tissue around toenail

What causes an ingrown toenail?

Chances are, if you have an ingrown toenail, the culprit is one of these four causes:

  • Shoes that crowd toenails
  • Cutting toenails too short or angling them too much
  • Foot injury
  • Unusually curved toenails

Happily, most ingrown toenails are easily treated at home. Here are some ideas that will likely have you ready to dance in no time.

How should you treat an ingrown toenail?

  • If the pain is especially bad and it’s an option for you, wear soft-toed shoes or even sandals while your toe heals.
  • A warm foot soak is very therapeutic. Take a clean basin, fill with very warm water, and soak for 15 minutes twice a day. Epsom salts added to the foot bath can also ease discomfort and help clean the infected area.
  • After the soak, dry your feet and add a bit of antibiotic ointment to the swollen area.
  • With a pair of tweezers, take a tiny bit of cotton and pack it under the toenail in the affected area. This will lift the pressure from the painful tissue and ease pain, helping the toenail to grow out unencumbered.
  • If the pain is unbearable, try an over the counter pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

 How can you prevent ingrown toenails?

  • Always trim your toenails straight across, never at an angle.
  • Allow your toenails to have moderate length.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes.
  • If injury is causing the affliction, consider wearing steel-toed shoes when working.

Remember, if you do need to treat an ingrown toenail, we have the supplies you’ll need to feel better in no time.  We wish you good health and happy feet!

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