An ingrown toenail is actually an enduring disease characterized by the growth of one of both sides of the nail beneath the skin. There are various reasons for advancing of ingrown toenails. However, there are a lot of conventional and surgical methods whereby this problem can be removed.
Those, who don’t want to go under the expensive and uncomfortable treatment at a health care facility, can find an effective solution for this problem at home. But, this is actually possible only during the early phase of the disease when there are not any signs of complications.
First of all, you should make both your skin and nails softer by having a hot bath.
Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda in about 5 liters of water. Also, you can put some salt in it. Make sure that the water temperature doesn’t go beyond 37 C. Then, you can pull out your ingrown nail. You should apply a sticking plaster on the affected area of the ingrown toenail. Thanks to this method, your toenail will become more accessible.
Next, it is recommended to place a bit of cotton between the nail and skin as well as use tweezers in order to slightly raise the nail at its end. It is of a great importance to apply antibacterial cream, i.e., iodine on the cotton before placing it on the affected area.
After 24 hours you should change the wrapper and cotton. Repeat this procedure for 15 days. After this treatment process, your nail must get back to its ordinary condition.
If you find it difficult to apply the cotton in this area, then, you should apply a mixture of 1 ground of garlic clove, 1 tablespoon of raw honey or aloe Vera on the affected area as this natural cream has potent antiseptic properties.
It is essential to understand that the most significant part of this method is the skin softening and changing the cotton used in the procedure daily. In addition, when you are finished with the procedure, scrape the outer part of the nail.
Don’t forget to perform pedicures regularly in the future. In case you notice there is an infection on the nail and pus, it is recommended to consult a doctor as soon as possible.