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How to take care of an Ingrown Toenail

Taking care of an ingrown toenail can be really painful in case you don’t know the correct procedure. Therefore, to relieve you of the pain and hassle, we talked with the nail experts and surgeons. What we have learnt from them follows below for you in detail.

Cutting an ingrown toenail

The write up below introduces you to the cutting procedure of mildly ingrown nail and severely ingrown nail. Go through each of them and identify the correct method as per your nail’s condition. Here we go!

Mildly ingrown nail

  • Have a jar of glass and fill it up to half potion either with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Put the nail cutting tools – clippers, cuticle sticks and tweezers into the solution. Let the tools be there for several minutes.

This will ensure you a good disinfection of the tools. Take up the tools and wait for some time so that these can be dried up naturally.

  • Have a vase and fill it with tepid water. Dip your infected foot into the water and let the foot in that position for 30 minutes at least. This is a highly effective method to soften the nail and adjacent skin.

For a better result, you may add some tea tree oil or epsom salt or any other disinfecting oil to the water.

  • Have a soft towel and mop your foot and every notch of the nails. Don’t be rough with your foot and nails while mopping.
  • Massage the skin that is around the ingrown toenail very gently although you may feel uncomfortable with the process.
  • Get a cuticle stick or nail file. Whatever you have, use that to scrap the skin at the sides of the infected nail. This will clear away the dead skin cells.

Severely ingrown nail 

  • Have a vase and fill it with tepid water. Dip your infected foot into the water and let the foot in that position for 30 minutes at least. This is a highly effective method to soften the nail and adjacent skin.

For a better result, you may add some tea tree oil or Epsom salt or any other disinfecting oil to the water.

  • As your nail must have been softened by this time. This is the right time to cut it with a sharp toe clipper. Don’t cut the nail very short, rather keep it long by 1 to 2 millimeter at the white nail end.
  • Have a pair of tweezers and use these to insert a piece of gauze or cotton into the space that is between the ingrown nail and skin. This will make the existing space a bit larger.
  • Have sharp eyes on the ingrown nail. Can you identify the ingrown spur that has been the reason for your pain so far? Identified? Well, cut that spur with mildness.
  • Get some disinfectant solution like tea tree oil to disinfect the area.

Final words

So, this is how you can take care of your ingrown toenail and get some immediate relief for yourself. In case your infection appears to be non-compromising, don’t delay, consult a specialist.

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