Also known as unguis incarnatus or onychocryptosis, an ingrown toenail is one of the most common and painful nail diseases. As the non-medical term implies, the nail actually cuts into the skin that surrounds it or the underlying nail bed The cause of the disease is a microbial inflammation of the paronychium, which is the skin that surrounds the nail. Though nails can become ingrown on either the hands or the feet, they are far more common on the feet.
Why is this? More often than not, ingrown toenails are the result of ill-fitting shoes. Because women are far more likely to wear tight shoes than men, they are far more likely to develop ingrown toenails. High heels, for example, put an incredible amount of pressure on the toes. Their often sharp downward angle and pointed toes-boxes press the toes into unnatural and uncomfortable positions that may cause ingrown toenails.
Since the nail is actually growing into the skin, the condition will become progressively more painful, even debilitating if it is not treated. While many women visit a trained professional, often a podiatrist, when they have an ingrown toenail, some take matters into their own hands. Home remedies for ingrown toenails have been used for many years.
The first and most important step (pun intended) every women who suffers from an ingrown must take is to stop wearing tight shoes. Sandals or walking shoes will take pressure off the toes and will reduce swelling an inflammation. We should also discuss basic nail maintenance.
Because they are out of sight, they are also often out of mind. Women who have a history of ingrown toenails should be careful not to cut their nails too short or to round them off at the tips. Toenails should be cut straight across and should be kept at a reasonable length. Short nails and tight shoes are a recipe for disaster, or at least pain.
The big toe or hallux is the toe that is most commonly stricken with an ingrown toenail. Women should make certain that they do not cut this nail too short. And for ladies who do wear high heels, stay away from models with pointy toe-boxes that push the big toe into an unnatural position.
Simple Home Remedies:
Only in extremely severe and rare cases will a person actually require surgery or prescription medication for an ingrown toenail. In most cases, the patient can handle much of the treatment on her own.
Soaking the nail in an anti-bacterial solution for fifteen or twenty minutes at a time and applying an antiseptic ointment on a daily basis should be enough to prevent infection. Epsom salt can also be used to prevent further inflammation. As any podiatrist could tell you, the feet actually swell over the course of the day and this swelling will almost always aggravate an ingrown toenail. Soaking the feet in bowl of warm water with Epsom salt can reduce swelling and inflammation.
People who have a high pain threshold often attempt what is commonly called a band-aid method. It really is quite simple. The sides of the nail bed are physically pulled away from the nail with the help of an elastic adhesive bandage. The process can be quite painful, especially if the nail is infected. However, when it is done correctly, the band-aid method can reduce pressure and increase the drainage of any pus that has accumulated around or under the nail. Please try these methods for Ingrown Toenail Remedies.