Ingrown nails can be a real nuisance and it can be extremely bad. This condition is manifested by curving of the nail which grows into the skin thus causing pain, swelling, irritation, discomfort, redness, tenderness, and even more infection.
The reasons for this occurrence can be as a result of injuries, inadequate shoes and genetics. Nevertheless, there are few natural remedies that can improve your condition. We advise you first to consult your doctor, and find a way that will be the best one.
5 Natural Solutions for Treating Ingrown Toenails
- Antibiotic Ointments
First of all, clean your feet to prevent the appearance of germs, and then use a dab of antibiotic ointment several times a day on the afflicted area. Secure it with gauze to watch out for infections and germs.
- Foot Soak in Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
In warm water include a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar, and then soak your feet in the solution. The properties of this vinegar will prevent infections once applied on the afflicted area. Its antibacterial effect will clean the area, but always have in mind that it cannot heal an existing infection.
- Floss and Cotton ball
First you need to lift your nail a little bit, for this purpose use your tweezers or floss. Then put a sterile cotton ball in the empty area, and ensure that there is no pain or discomfort.
- Epsom Salt Bath
This bath alleviates irritation, softens the nails and disinfects the skin. For that reason, soak your feet in your regular Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes.
- Tea tree oil
The tea tree oil is an extraordinary disinfectant. All you have to do is to add a few drops of oil onto the affected nail.