If you have ever had an ingrown toenail, then you know just how much discomfort that they can cause you to have. However, you don't just have to sit around and be in pain all of the time because there are certain things that you can do to help treat your ingrown toenail, or toenails, if you are unlucky enough to have more more than one at a time. This article will discuss 3 ways to treat ingrown toenails.
Soaking Your Feet
A great at-home method to try and treat your ingrown toenails is to soak them in warm water with salt. The water helps to reduce the swelling in your feet, so that the skin pulls away from the ingrown toenail. This will decrease quite a bit of the pain and pressure that you are feeling, making it easier to for you to walk around and complete your daily tasks without nearly as much pain and/or discomfort. However, keep in mind that this is not a permanent solution to your ingrown toenail, so you will need to soak your feet regularly to keep the pain away. Also, be sure that you dry your feet of thoroughly after the foot soak so as to ensure that you don't get an infection.
Lift The Nail
If you would like to visit a medical professional for your ingrown toenail, they will likely first try the method of lifting the nail. This involves carefully lifting the nail so that it is no longer in contact with your skin. A piece of a cotton ball, dental floss, or other small object is then use to keep the toenail lifted. This gives the toenail to opportunity to grow properly, instead of burying itself in your skin. However, keep in mind that in order for this to work you are going to need to soak your feet and replace the cotton ball or dental floss at home regularly.
If you have several reoccurring ingrown toenails that just won't seem to go away, then surgery may be the best option for you. There are a few different surgical procedures that most doctors perform, but the goal of them all is to either temporarily or permanently remove that section of the toenail that keeps becoming in grown. Temporary removal may be tried first and involves removing the entire portion of the nail that is causing you pain. To remove your toenail permanently, the doctor will remove the actual cells that produce this portion of your toenail so that it doesn't grow back in.
My name is Shawna Banks and this is a blog that focuses on health issues that affect women. I became interested in women's health when my sister began having medical problems. After her condition worsened, she went to see a doctor. After her diagnosis and successful treatment, I helped her research the different kinds of health conditions that are common in women. By becoming knowledgeable about these types of problems, we can keep ourselves healthier. I hope that when you read this blog, it will help you to identify symptoms that shouldn't be ignored. If necessary, you can schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.