An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown into the skin instead of over it. This usually happens to the big toe, but it can also happen to other toes. An ingrown toenail can get infected. It may be painful, red, and swollen, and it may drain pus.
An ingrown toenail can have a number of different causes. Cutting your toenail too short or rounding the edge of the nail can cause it to grow into the skin. Wearing shoes or socks that don’t fit well can also cause an ingrown toenail.
If your shoes are too tight, they might press the nail into the toe and cause it to grow into the skin.
You can get an ingrown toenail if you hurt your toe, such as stubbing it. This can cause the nail to grow inward. Repeating an activity that injuries the nail, such as kicking a soccer ball, can also cause an ingrown nail.
The good news is that you can avoid an expensive hospital bill and take care of this problem at home.
How to Remove an Ingrown Toenail Without Surgery
Start by making your nails and skin softer by preparing a hot bath. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda in around 5 liters of water. Also, you can add some salt if you want. The water temperature should not be higher than 37 degrees centigrade. After you soak your feet, pull out the ingrown nail.
You can take a sticking plaster to apply it on the noticed ingrown toenail area. This will ease the process because the toenail will become more accessible.
Raise the end of the nail by placing a small amount of cotton between the skin and the nail using tweezers. Apply some antibacterial cream like iodine before placing the cotton on the affected area. Change the cotton and the wrapper in every 24 hours for 15 days. After these 15 days, your nail should be normal again.
If it is hard for you to put the cotton between the skin and the nail, prepare a mixture of 1 tablespoon of raw honey with 1 ground garlic clove or Aloe Vera and place it on the affected area. This mixture has potent antiseptic properties.
Do not forget that the most important parts of this method are skin softening and changing the used cotton during the procedure.
When done with the procedure, rub the outer part of the nail. Also, do pedicures regularly and if in the future there is some infection or pus on the nail, consult with a doctor.