5 Tips for Beating That Ingrown Toenail

It is a very common occurrence to have your nail grow in such a way that it cuts into the skin of your toe, leading to inflammation, pain, and an alarming shade of red.

Home Treatment Options

If you have a serious problem with ingrown toenails, these treatments will give you temporary relief, but you will eventually have to consult a podiatrist:

  1. Soak your foot in a basin of warm water with Epsom salts. You should do this for up to ten minutes a couple times a day until the swelling goes down. In the meantime, your nail should grow out naturally, which means that your ingrown toenail will heal by itself.
  2. Use ointment to prevent infection. If the nail has already broken the skin, you’ll need to take this step. Your toes are warm and often moist, which is the ideal environment for spreading bacteria. Prevent an infection with ointment or other topical antiseptics.
  3. Take anti-inflammatory medicine, eat anti-inflammatory foods, and drink anti-inflammatory teas. You can take aspirin and ibuprofen to bring down the swelling. You can also eat foods like blueberries, bell peppers, and fish. You can also drink peppermint, chamomile, and ginger teas. This will reduce some of the swelling, relieve some of the pressure, and ultimately lead to less pain.

Preventative Measures

Ingrown toenails are an incredibly inconvenient and painful hassle, and it will take a little time to get rid of them. In the meantime, you can use these tips to prevent an ingrown toenail from happening again:

  1. Trim your nails straight across and even with the edge of your toes. Ingrown toenails form because they’re trapped behind part of your skin. If you trim them straight across and let them grow to the end of your toes, there won’t be any skin for them to grow into.
  2. Buy new shoes that don’t pinch your toes, and wear sandals whenever you can. Again, bacteria love dark, moist, warm environments. Wearing sandals allows your toes to breathe, cool off, and stay dry, so bacteria won’t grow as quickly. Having shoes that fit also prevents your skin and nails from pressing into each other, so ingrown toenails are less likely to form.

Unfortunately, all the good habits in the world can’t prevent you from ever getting ingrown toenails again. You may get several of them at once, or you may get one that’s so painful that it disrupts your daily activities. If that happens, Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic has the expertise to bring you quick relief. Call us to learn more today!

Ingrown toenails can be hereditary, and they can be treated permanently with a minor and quick surgical procedure. Dr. Russell is an expert and gets great results and can remove them permanently.