Ingrown nail or onychocryptosis is a form of nail disease which affects people of all ages. It can be quite painful and occurs when the nail grows sideways and cuts into the nail bed. There are many factors which can increase the risk of ingrown nail – it might occur due to thickening of the nail plate, deformities of the nails, injuries, improper nail cutting or tight footwear.
The most common symptoms of the disease are pain and tenderness in the toe, redness and inflammation and swelling in the area and infection. The treatment is usually conservative (warm water and Epsom salt baths), with topical antibacterial ointments or surgery if the problem has progressed. However, there are many natural remedies you can try at home, and we’re going to present the best ones.
Soaking the painful nail in warm water and sea salt can relieve the inflammation and pain and prevent infection. Experts recommend soaking the nail 3-4 times a day – the warm water will soften the surrounding tissue around the nail and make its drawing out easier.
Washing the affected nail with Castile soap is another great remedy for an ingrown nail. The soap will prevent bacteria from causing additional problems and keep the area dry and clean.
Add ¼ cup of ACV in a tub of hot water, then soak the affected foot in it for 15 minutes to prevent infections. You can also use ACV directly on the nail as the liquid has powerful antibacterial properties and can soften the skin.
Using a bit of dental floss under the nail and pulling in the opposite direction can draw the nail out and help you cut it. Just be gentle with it in order to prevent a bigger injury.
Avoid wearing tight footwear
High heels may be sexy, but they will add to the problem if you wear them often. Tight footwear will push the nail to the sides and add to the pain, so make sure to wear appropriate footwear in case of ingrown nails.
Essential oils such as clove, tea tree or lavender oil can do wonders for your ingrown nail. They will reduce the inflammation and pain and even prevent infection in the area.
Here’s a simple ingrown toenail remedy you can prepare at home:
- 2 oz. coconut oil
- 2 oz. Aloe gel
- 1 drop oregano oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- 5 drops of tea tree, lavender and clove oil each
Just mix all the ingredients well, then clean your affected nail nicely and apply the mixture on the area to relieve the inflammation and disinfect the spot.
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