An ingrown toenail is a chronic disease when, for various reasons, the growing nail plate is inserted into the soft tissues of the lateral ridges of the toe. There are various methods of conservative and surgical treatment of this disease, but at the initial stages, before complications arise, a person can try to treat ingrown toenails at home.
Most often the big toe is affected. The disease occurs in several stages. It leads to discomfort and soreness in walking, and in the future – to inflammation of the tissues, their reddening, the release of light serous and bloody fluid, edema. The affected area can increase significantly in volume.
With the subsequent addition of staphylococcal infection, suppuration and other (often serious) complications arise that require emergency medical care. These complications are especially dangerous for people suffering from blood circulation disorders in the lower extremities and diabetes mellitus. Let’s look at 10 simple ways to deal with an ingrown toenail at home:
#1. Wash Foot with Castile Soap. Mix this soap with water and put your feet there for about 20-30 minutes.
#2. Onion Juice Treatment. Blend onion and add some drops of lemon juice there. Then apply the mixture to the necessary area and wrap with cotton cloth.
#3. Treat with Vicks Vaporub. Smash garlic and mix with Vicks Vaporub. Apply to your nail and wrap with cotton cloth.
#4. Aloe Vera Gel. Apply this remedy to the necessary areas two-three times a day.
#5. Essential Oils. Take coconut oil and add some drops of any essential oil there. Apply two times a day.
#6. Neem. Boil neem leaves in water and apply neem water to your toenail.
#7. Hot and Cold Foot Bath. Take two tabs: one with cold water, the other with the mixture of hot water with Epsom salt. Place your feet in cold water, then in hot water.
#8. Garlic. Smash garlic and mix it with olive oil. Apply this remedy for 5 days.
#9. Lemon Juice and Honey. Mix honey with lemon juice, apply to your toenail for 30 minutes.
#10. Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix it with water, fill the tab and place your feet there for 30 minutes.