Toenails become ingrown when one of the corners of a nail folds and grows under the skin causing redness and inflammation. This can happen to any of our toes, but it happens most often to our big toes.
Most Frequent Causes
- When we don’t cut our toenails properly, cutting them with a rounded shape, this causes abnormal growth. In order for the nail to grow normally, we must cut them straight, allowing the corners to come out so that they do not fold and get embedded in the skin surrounding our toenails.
- When we wear very tight shoes or shoes with very high heels, we also affect the free growth of our toenails causing them to become ingrown.
- When we do not adequately clean our feet, our toenails collect dirt that can cause them to become ingrown.
- When we bump into things or hit our toenails, whether it is because we are playing a certain sport or due to our work, this affects our toenails.
- -A lot of pain in the affected toe.
- -The area of the toe that connects to the nail is very red.
- -Swelling in the area surrounding the nail.
- -Sensitivity and inflammation.
- -This can get infected.
People suffering from arthritis, obesity and circulatory diseases (or people with low defenses in their immune system) are those that present the highest risk of suffering from ingrown toenails.
Homemade Remedies for the Treatment of Ingrown Toenails
- – Put crushed garlic on the affected toe. Leave it on the toe overnight, securing it to the toe with a bandage so it stays in the proper place all night.
- – Another procedure that is possible to complete is to soak the affected toenail in a little bit of onion juice.
- – You can also soak the toe that is bothering you in warm water mixed with salt. After, you should keep the toe wrapped up overnight.
- – Soaking the affected toenail is the most-used home remedy. It is very effective to soak it with a small amount of marigold dye in half a liter of warm water. The toe should be soaked for about thirty minutes. Later, the toe is wrapped in a piece of clean cloth. You should leave the wrap on the toe overnight and the next day you will notice an improvement.
- – Cut a lemon and heat it on the stove. Make a hole in it so that you can fit your toe with the ingrown nail on it in the lemon. Leave your toe inside the lemon for about twenty minutes: the lemon will assuage the pain.
- – Finally, in order to reduce the swelling of the toe and to extract the ingrown toenail more easily, you should peal and wash one carrot. Grate the carrot and put a small amount on the ingrown toenail. You should allow this to take effect for at least one or two hours.
Special Recommendations to Promote Proper Toenail Growth
- – Cut your toenails straight across, not rounded. It is important to remember that the shape of the nail should be straight, never rounded (when the nail curves and gets embedded in the skin).
- – Bathe the toe in warm water to ease the pain: soak the ingrown toenail in warm water for half an hour several times per day. This will help to get rid of the pain and will allow you to extract the nail.
- – Buy proper footwear. Shoes should be wide at the front to provide your toes with the right amount of space. The height of your heels should not surpass two and a half centimeters at the most.
- – Wear sandals at home. Wear sandals when you are at home. This way, the affected toenail will make a quicker recovery.
- – Avoid bumping into things and tripping. When you have an ingrown toenail and you trip over something, this can cause the nail to become even more embedded in the skin. That is why you need to be very careful, especially if you wear sandals.
- – Consult your doctor. If you suffer from diabetes, the first thing you must do when you spot the first symptom of an ingrown toenail, is consult your doctor. Complications might occur due to poor circulation.