Does one of your toes hurt every time you walk? Chances are you have an ingrown toenail. Most of the time people learning how to get rid of ingrown nails are attempting to figure out how to correct pains in the big toe.
However, it can happen to any toe on the foot. This problem is not limited to the feet though. It can occur on one of your fingernails. Just read very carefully and learn how to deal with this problem.
Here are some practical ways of getting rid of an ingrown nail:
- Soak it and cushion it. All you need is a few teaspoons of salt mixed in a small pale or dish pan. Mix these ingredients together and then let your affected nail sit in the solution for up to 15 minutes per day.
You should also soak a cotton ball in a separate prepared bowl of salt water. Then, take that cotton ball and use it as a cushion to help protect the nail.
This especially works on ingrown toenails you want to treat at home. This process can help prevent further pain associated with wearing shoes or walking.
- Wear roomier footwear. Tighter shoes or sandals can push against an ingrown toenail and make the problem worse. If y ou want to diminish pain, make sure you have enough room in your shoe to wear comfortable socks. Your feet should be snug in the socks and shoes but not smashed up against the shoes you are wearing.
- Seek out relief using a topical antibiotic or pain reliever. A topical cream is one that you would rub right on the surface of the affected area. This will help moisten and loosen the ingrown nail so that removal of it becomes easier as well as less painful.
Another remedy to use would be to apply a pain reliever. Even an over-the-counter medicine would be very helpful in the event the affected nail growth is causing excruciating pain. If you need a pain killer, this is a sign that you will need to talk to a doctor to get the nail removed.
- Inspect your toes (and your fingers) regularly. Sometimes ingrown nails are more prevalent among diabetic patients. You should do self-checks to make sure you have no infections and you should consult a doctor just in case the problem is far more serious.
Here are some more medically-oriented treatments available for ingrown nails:
- Try a Phenol application. Of course, this procedure should be only performed under the supervision of a doctor. This process involves the use of an anesthesia that is injected at the base of the nail. The phenol substance that is applied is a colorless crystalline substance that helps reduce risk of ingrown nail recurrence.
- Undergo partial or complete nail removal. To accomplish the partial nail removal process, the doctor would use a procedure called nail ablation otherwise known as wedge resection. After a local anesthesia is injected into the affected toe (or finger) the skin that is pierced by the nail is cut.
- Try Funginix – It also called Fungisil is designed to not only treat the fungus, but can also be used as a way to prevent it from returning. FUNGINIX is the complete topical treatment created to fight and eliminate the fungal infections of the finger and toe areas including regions under and around the toenails.
If partial nail removal is out of the question, the entire nail may need to be cut off. This can be done in about 10 minutes. The process for doing so is similar to that of cutting off the partial nail. The only disadvantage of complete nail removal is that the nail could grow back thicker or it could become deformed.