An ingrown-toenail is a lasting disease that a toenail 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.
There are many reasons why we struggle with ingrown toenails treatment, but it is great news that there are numerous surgical and conventional methods for ingrown toenail removal. If you want to skip the uncomfortable and expensive treatments at health care facility you can solve your problem in your own home. But this is possible only in the early phase when there are yet no signs of any complication.
How to remove an ingrown toenail without any surgery
To ingrown toenail removal, you just follow the below guides:
Step 1: Soak your foot in a mixture of baking soda in around 5l of water where if you want you can put some salt.
The water you will use shouldn’t go beyond 37oC. Do this for 15-30 minutes at least twice daily. The goal here is twofold: to soften the toenail and prevent the ingrown nail from becoming infected.
Step 2: Gather your tools and get ready.
Get a cotton round or a cotton ball ready, a pair of tweezers along with something pointy (like a tool that helps you remove cuticles, for example).
Step 3: Trim your toenail, taking extra care around the ingrown section.
Make sure your toenail is cut perfectly straight without any pointed parts near the edges. Toenails that are rounded off have an increased likelihood of growing into the skin, causing ingrown nails.
Step 4: Keep your toenail slightly raised.
- Putting a small piece of cotton between your toenail and the skin should keep the ingrown toenail from coming back.
- From either the cotton round or the cotton ball, remove a small piece of cotton with the tweezers.
- Hold the bit of cotton in the tweezers by the corner of the ingrown toenail
- Use something pointy to push the cotton under your toenail into the corner. Don’t push too hard or you will hurt yourself! The piece of cotton should form a little ball under your toenail in the corner. It doesn’t have to be so big that it sticks out from the top of your toenail, but make sure it is not too small either. If you firmly but gently pack as much cotton as is comfortable, you will have the right amount of cotton to do the job.
- Remove cotton daily to cleanse area and replace with new cotton to reduce risk of infection.
You can also use a sticking plaster to apply it on the noticed ingrown toenail area and this action is going to ease the process as the toenail will become more accessible.
In order to raise the end of the nail, just place cotton in a small amount between the skin and the nail with tweezers. Before you place the cotton on the affected area apply some antibacterial cream like iodine. The time before you change the cotton and the wrapper is 24 hours. This technique needs to be done for 15 day and the nail must be back in the ordinary condition.
If you find hard to put the cotton between the skin and the nail, use a mixture of 1tbs of raw honey with 1 garlic clove (ground) or Aloe Vera on the area that is affected as this mixture (cream) has powerful antiseptic properties.
It is important to understand that the most important part of the ingrown toenail removal method is the skin softening and to change the cotton that is used during the procedure, on a daily basis. When you’re finished with the procedure, just scrape the nail’s outer part.
Perform your pedicures on a regular basis in the future and if you find some infection on the pus and nail, consult your doctor.