Many people have to deal with ingrown nail which is not only an unpleasent condition, but it also can be very painful. It usually occurs as a result of clipping the toe nail wrong. The right way to clip the nails is flat, never rounded at the edges.
Ingrown toenail is a condition in which the edges of the nail have grown into the skin surrounding the toe. It usually happens on the nail of the big toe on the feet and it can occur when a deformed toenail grows irregularly in the skin around the nail. It can also occur if the skin around the nail grows faster and covers the edges of the nail.
There are several factors that can cause this condition, but most commonly it happens as a result of wearing tight and uncomfortable shoes.
The bad news is that ingrown nail doesn’t show any symptoms at the beginning. Later on, the area aroung the ingrown nail can become very painful, particularly if there is a constant pressure applied onto the affected area. That area becomes red with increased temperature and should be treated as soon as possible, because if not, it will complicate things and it can evolve into infection.
If the ingrown toenail caused an infection, you will soon start to feel pain and discomfort in the foot while moving or standing.
Doctors recommend removing of the affected nail. They do this under anesthesia, it’s not dangerous, but the healing process takes a very long time.
That’s why you should first try some other options, and going to the doctor should be your last choice. Luckily, there are some natural ways in which you can treat this problem and here are some of them:
In order to soften the nail, soak the affected tow in hot water. After that, use sterile needle to lift the nail which grows under the skin and then put a piece of wadding beneath it. In this way, the nail should start growing normally. Make sure to change the piece of wadding on a daily basis.
Take a piece of lemon and tie it around the affected toe and allow it to act as it is throughout the night. Because lemon acts as a softener, your nail will become soft so you will be able to take it out of the flesh, clip that part of the nail and put a small piece of sterile gauze under the fingernail so it can be separated from the skin until it grows. You must change the piece of gauze on a daily basis.
Flaxseed flour coatings
Take flaxseed flour and hot water and prepare a porridge. After that, put some of the resulting mixture onto a piece of gauze, wrap it around the nail and let it act during the night.
This coating is great if the area around the affected toenail has festered. Place a piece of tomato onto the affected area. Practice doing this until the swelling withdraws.
First of all, you should prepare horsetail tea and let it stand still, while covered with lid, for several hours before you strain it. Make sure to heat the tea again before you use it. Just soak the affected toenail into the tea, hold it like that for not more than half an hour.
Nurturing the ingrown nail after it has festered
Combine flour and honey, apply some of it onto a piece of gauze and wrap the gauze around the affected area. When you remove the gauze make sure to wash the toenail with chamomile tea.