Ingrown toenails are painful, and they can be tricky to treat because they can easily become infected and are often a recurring problem.
If the ingrown toenail is not infected, you can try some at-home remedies to keep the pain at bay and prevent the ingrown toenail from coming back.
Here are some ideas:
You can soak the affected foot in a bucket of warm water containing Epsom salt (2 tbsp) on a regular basis to reduce the pain resulting from a ingrown toenail.
It is advisable to soak the foot for a period of 15 to 20 minutes.
You can create a paste by mixing turmeric powder (2 tsp) in mustard oil (2 tsp) and apply this paste on the affected toe to cure the infection resulting from an ingrown toenail within a short span of time.
You can also put the affected foot in warm water containing turmeric powder to obtain effective results.
The problem of an ingrown toenail can also be treated with the use of onion. You can apply onion pulp on the infected toe t cure the infection.
Onion juice can also be applied on the affected area to reduce the inflammation.
You can apply lemon juice on the infected area with the help of a cotton ball 2 to 3 times in a day to treat the problem of an ingrown toenail.
A lemon slice can also be placed on the infected area to reduce the infection.
Prevention is often your best method for controlling the pain of ingrown toenails. There are numerous ways to prevent toenails from curving over and digging into the skin of your toe. Buying properly fitting footwear (it shouldn’t squeeze the toes) and cutting your toenails correctly (not too short and in a straight line across), are two easiest methods.
If your ingrown toenail has become infected, you shouldn’t attempt to treat it yourself. “The first thing is, if they’re infected, they need to be seen by a podiatrist,” says Alan K. Mauser, DPM, a podiatrist in Louisville, Ky.