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Treating & Preventing Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail, with the flank edge of your nail rising into the skin, can cause you hard cognizant of a toe you don’t normally catch.

As the nail continues to dig into the skin, it annoys, it inducing pain.

If an ingrown toenail drives a break in the skin, bacteria can penetrate and induce an infection, which will make it even additional painful. A red, bloated, hot and very hurting ingrown toenail is likely infected.

 Here are some tips for both treating and preventing ingrown toenails:

Treating Ingrown Toenails:

1. Soak Your Feet: Soaking your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes can help soften the skin and reduce inflammation around the ingrown toenail. 

2. Gently Lift the Nail: Use a clean and sterilized pair of tweezers or a nail file to gently lift the ingrown edge of the nail. 

3. Keep it Clean: After soaking and lifting the nail, clean the affected area with mild soap and water.

4. Use a Cotton Ball: If the nail is deeply embedded, you can place a small piece of clean, waxed dental floss or a cotton ball under the lifted nail edge to encourage it to grow above the skin.

5. Wear Comfortable Footwear: Opt for shoes that provide ample toe room and don’t squeeze your toes. Avoid tight-fitting shoes or high heels during the healing process.

6. Over-the-Counter Pain Relief: Non-prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation. 

Preventing Ingrown Toenails:

1. Trim Your Toenails Properly: Cut your toenails straight across, and avoid rounding the corners. Don’t cut them too short. 

2. Maintain Good Foot Hygiene: Wash your feet daily, and make sure to dry them thoroughly, including between your toes.

3. Choose Proper Footwear: Wear shoes that provide adequate space for your toes. 

4. Avoid Trauma: Be careful not to stub your toes or subject them to undue pressure or trauma, as this can contribute to ingrown toenails.

5. Seek Professional Help: If you have recurring or severe ingrown toenails, it’s advisable to see a podiatrist or a healthcare professional. 

Remember that proper foot care is crucial for overall foot health. If you have concerns about ingrown toenails or any other foot-related issues.