Anyone who has ever had in his life ingrown toenail knows how painful this condition can be. For those who have not encountered the problem, let’s explain what it is – the growing nail plate is embedded in the soft tissue of the lateral parts of the toe. This usually happens with the big toe, and people who have thick or curved nails are particularly affected.
Why is an ingrown toenail so dangerous?
The disease occurs in several stages. At first, the discomfort and pain when walking, later – inflammation of surrounding tissues, their redness, secretion of serous or bloody fluids, swelling. The affected area can be significantly increased in volume.
With the subsequent onset of staphylococcal infection, suppurations and other (often serious) complications occur. Therefore, in most cases, the ingrown toenail requires surgery. But there is a way to cure it without resorting to surgery in the early stages of the disease.
Jane Andersen, an orthopedic specialist at Chapel Hill Foot and Ankle Associates in North Carolina, says ingrown toenails are relatively easy to remove. But there are two exceptions: if you have diabetes or cardiovascular disease, you should see a doctor immediately.
How To Remove Ingrown Toenail
Soak your feet in saline. Pour warm water into a pan and add one teaspoon of English salt (magnesium sulfate) per liter of water. Keep your feet in this solution twice a day for 20 minutes. This will help to draw out any fluid or pus that may be under the nail. Magnesium sulfate also relieves inflammation.
Put something under the nail.
Jane Andersen advises stuffing a small piece of cotton and gauze, moistened with antiseptic, under the nail. The purpose of the procedure is to straighten the edge of the nail. This will allow you to slightly lift the nail so that it does not cut into the skin.
Apply ointment. Once the swab is firmly attached under the ingrown toenail, your toe must be treated with Balsamic Liniment (Vishnevsky Ointment), (or other similar ointments with antiseptic and antimicrobial action). Ointments can prevent/cure an infection. Then put on a bandage.
How to prevent toenail ingrowth
The best way to avoid the problem is to prevent it. Nails usually grow into the corners, so you need to cut the nail as evenly as possible and round the corner very lightly with a nail file. Specialists also add that you should wear comfortable socks and shoes. Comfortable shoes – these are shoes in which you can move your toes.
Avoid injuries to the toes. If you are an active sportsman, be sure to walk barefoot for an hour after your workout.
If you strictly follow all the tips of an orthopedist, you will forget what an ingrown nail is!