How-to: get rid of ingrown toenails
An ingrown toenail can be pesky and anything but pretty! But there’s also a much darker side to that ingrown toenail you’ve been trying to hide away in closed-toe shoes. Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can take on a life of it’s own, leading to infection, severe pain and difficulty walking - and in extreme cases, it can even turn into a serious bone infection, requiring surgical treatment. So if you’re fairly attached to your tootsies, we suggest you treat those ingrown nails, stat! Here’s how to cure ingrown nails…
When symptoms appear
Begin washing your feet regularly with soap and water, up to three times a day to keep the area clean. Immediately stop wearing tight footwear and high heels, which will encourage bacteria growth – aim to keep the feet as aired and dry as possible by wearing sandals and open shoes. Using a small piece of cotton rolled up to form a roll or wick, you can attempt to lift the corner of the nail that is pressing into the skin. After soaking, place the roll between the nail and the skin to keep it elevated. But if the thought of this makes you cringe, or your symptoms haven’t disappeared in 3-4 days, you need to:
See your doctor
A doctor can elevate ingrown nails for you, so you don’t have to face the cringe-factor yourself - or if the infection has progressed, your doctor may numb the area and trim or file the ingrown toenail and any tissue around it that has become inflamed with infection. Your doctor will also give you an at-home ingrown toenail treatment plan that’s imperative to follow in order to ensure the infection doesn’t progress any further.
Of course, the best ingrown toenail cure is prevention, through regular feet washing, alternating between closed and open-toe shoes and avoiding trimming your nails too short.
Use this kit to help keep on top of ingrown toenails.