In consultation with Curejoy Expert Claude Butler:
We have all dealt with painful ingrown toenails at some point or the other. Onychocryptosis, or what is commonly known as ingrown toenail, is a painful nail disease in which, the nail grows cutting one or both sides of the nail bed. The result of ingrown toenail is the discharge of yellow fluid and growth of extra tissue on toe. I find them really painful and unpleasant. Here are a few natural remedies that I’ve found very effective for ingrown toenails. Have a look and do add in some more if you’ve come across any!
Remedy to get rid of the Ingrown Toenail:
This method will help your toenail to stop growing into your skin. It can even prevent you from having a surgery to remove the painful ingrown toenail! Follow these instructions and you’might get rid of your ingrown toenail in no time. Also, those with diabetes and who find this method painful should refrain from doing so:
Things you will need:
Cotton ball, Epsom salt, a pair of tweezers, Neosporin, band-aid, nail-cutter, cuticle remover or something pointy and warm water.
1. Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salt. Repeat this for 15-30 minutes daily. This will help to soften the toenail and prevent the ingrown nail from becoming infected.
2. Next, trim your toenail with extra care around the ingrown area. Cut the nail straight across, but not too much. Start with the edges of the toenail, protecting the swollen area. Remember to cut the nails from the sides and not from the middle as it can worsen the situation.
3. Use a cuticle remover or something pointy to push the cotton under the toenail to prevent the ingrown toenail from coming back. Be careful not to push too hard, or you might hurt yourself! Do this daily, and apply fresh cotton to reduce risk of infection.
4. Apply infection preventing ointment or neosporin to the affected area, and keep it bandaged.
5. Let the toe get some air. Don’t wear socks or shoes and let your toe breathe for a while.
For preventing infection, make sure you change the cotton everyday. Your ingrown toenail should grow out in a few weeks!
Other Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar: This can be a very effective treatment for ingrown toenails. Either consume a spoon of apple cider vinegar, or take it with a spoon of raw honey. Also, you could soak your feet in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water, or apply this solution directly to the affected area.
2. Lemon: Wrap the toe with a thin slice of lemon and with the help of bandage or gauze, leave it overnight. The caidity in lemon helps cure infection.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide: It is a very powerful disinfectant, and helps keep the skin around the ingrown toenail soft. It makes it less painful and prevents infection. To apply, dilute hydrogen peroxide with water and soak your foot in it for 15-20 minutes. It should give you some relief.
You could also use white flower oil, Oregano essential oil, tree tee oil, lavender essential oil, Vicks Vapourub and an antibacterial soap to help you cope with this condition.