Ingrown nails aren’t very pretty to see and are painful. They always require a visit to a specialist, however there are some things you can do yourself at home.
Ingrown toenails are difficult to treat as they can easily be infected. In the worst case, your toe may have an abscess. If you suffer in addition to yellow losses and fever, you obviously have an infection. Go see your doctor. Don’t try to treat them yourself.
If your ingrown toenail is not infected, you can try these home remedies.
Foot baths. Put your injured foot in lukewarm water three times a day for 20 minutes. Hot water helps relieve pain and reduce swelling. Then use a cotton swab or dental floss to remove the skin from your fingernail.
Use small pieces of clean cotton to separate your ingrown nail from your skin.
Keep them clean. You can apply antibiotic ointment to reduce the risk of infection. Only your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic.
Use a bandage to protect your toe.
The most important thing is prevention!
You must clean your toes properly. Avoid cutting the corner of your fingernail.
Wear shoes that fit you. If your shoes are too small, they may exert too much pressure on your skin. This can lead to ingrown toenails.
Before you follow any of these tips, consult your doctor! Stay healthy.
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