An ingrown toenail may seem like a natural occurrence for many people, but it should not be taken for granted. It may seem like it only caused a simple wound, but this wound can cause major complications if left unaided. In fact, it can even get your foot amputated.
Fortunately, you can do something about it. Here are some proven home remedies that can help alleviate the pain associated with ingrown toenails.
One of the easiest ways to get rid of the pain is to use some Epsom Salt. Epsom salt is different from table salt because it has some detoxification properties. Also known as Magnesium sulphate, it has the ability to remove skin toxins, soften the skin and minimize the pain.
To use this, simply mix half a cup of Epsom salt in a basin of warm water. You can then soak your foot in it for around 20 minutes. Do this twice a day.
Alcohol, Wound Ointments or Hydrogen Peroxide
Another concern for ingrown toenail sufferers is the tendency of the toenail to get contaminated when exposed to bacteria. In worse cases, it can cause some complications if you have conditions like Diabetes.
Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening with the help of some substances or ointments with anti-bacterial properties. For this purpose, you can use alcohol, wound ointments like BANDA-SiL® or hydrogen peroxide.
For alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, you should mix it with water instead of applying it directly on your ingrown toenail. This will dilute the substance so that it is not too harsh on the skin. Just mix it with water and soak your foot for 10-15 minutes.
For BANDA-SiL®, you can apply it directly on the affected area. It is safe because it is tested by dermatologists to protect the skin and speed the healing. Just be sure that the affected area is washed before it is applied. Do this 2 times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If any of the substances above are too harsh for you, you can use a natural alternative for healing the wound caused by your ingrown toenail – this is apple cider vinegar – a natural substance that is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation properties.
All it takes is a few tablespoons of this in a mixture of water. Soak the foot for 10-15 minutes and you’re done.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
And if you’re into aromatherapy, you’ll know that there are powerful essential oils in the environment that can aid in the healing of wounds. They are good because of two things: (1) they are natural and (2) they work. One of the most effective essential oils for this purpose is tea tree essential oil. Also known for treating acne and other wounds, all it takes is a few drops mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil on the ingrown toenail to alleviate pain and inflammation.
As you can see, most of the cures presented here deal with the pain. You still need to do your part to prevent your ingrown toenails from growing. You can do that by regularly trimming your nails, filing the corners of the nails and ditching shoes that are too tight for your feet.
Warm (not hot) Epsom soaks are popular for reducing inflammation, but if the pain continues, then it may be a more severe case that can’t be resolved until the piece of ingrown toenail is removed. It is not recommended that you try and remove the ingrown toenail yourself.