Tips for Dealing with Ingrown Nails

Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, are very painful and cumbersome to deal with. Especially if you are professional athlete or maintain some sort of outdoor activity as a hobby. Ingrown nails occur more frequently on the first toe. If it has been infected, the signs that indicate it are inflammation, redness, pain and suppuration of white, yellow or greenish color.

Although at first the ingrown nail is not serious, it is important to go to the podiatrist as soon as the first symptom is detected. This way, we will achieve a faster recovery. Otherwise, the risk of worsening the situation increases with the passing of days. If the proper treatment is not applied sooner than later, infection might occur and pain will become more intense and bothersome.

Some recommended tips are:

 – Soak your foot in warm water 3 to 4 times a day if possible for about 20-30 minutes. Afterwards, keep the toe dry.

– Apply a gentle massage to inflamed skin.

– Place a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail. Wet the cotton with water or antiseptic.

– Use a clean sharp nail clipper when cutting your nails.

– Trim the toenails straight along the edge. Do not try to cut the buried part of your nail, as this will only make the problem worse. Its recommended to use a straight nail clipper and avoid cutting the nails in a round shape, because this increases the risk of causing an ingrown toenail.

– A local antibiotic can be used to relieve pain immediately and can be found in a pharmacy in the form of gel, cream or ointment.

– When dealing with ingrown toe nails, it is best to wear open footwear so that the nail does not rub against the edge of the shoe and has the added advantage of allowing the feet to breathe. Therefore, you should also avoid wearing socks.

– Always keep feet clean and dry.

– Do not rummage or tear your nails with your fingers.

– Long shoes will allow your toes and fingers to move easily, providing comfort.

A buried nail is characterized by intense pain (of one or both sides) in the lateral areas of the finger. The discomfort increases with the pressure created by inflammation and is accompanied by redness and high temperature. Remember, this problem shouldn’t go untreated as there may be risks of developing an infection, so the best thing to do is to visit a professional.

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