Curing an ingrown fingernail would be easy if you know how to do it correctly. It may be a bit painful when you are removing it, but that is the only way to free your hands from an ingrown fingernail. Here are some useful tips in curing your ingrown fingernail or toenail.
1. You have to soften your nail first, when removing the ingrown nail. It is easier for you to get rid of the ingrown nail when it is soft. You can do this by soaking your hands or feet in warm water with salt or baking soda. You can also use Epsom salt, if baking soda is not available. Leave your hands or feet in the warm water for 15 – 20 minutes.
2. After you have soaked your hands or feet, towel them dry and take extra care when drying them, so you won’t feel the pain. If you have an ingrown nail, it is painful to the touch.
3. It is now time for you to cut the portion of the fingernail that is embedded in your skin. Be prepared to bear the pain, as it is really painful when you are doing it. If you think your fingernail or toenail needs to become softer, soak it in the warm water again for 10 – 15 minutes. If it is soft enough, trim the nail straight across and avoid cutting in a curved shape.
4. If it is difficult for you to cut the portion that is digging into your skin, use a nail file to shorten and reduce size of the ingrown nail that is digging into your skin. Move carefully and softly. By doing this, you can reduce the pain, and you can take out the ingrown fingernail gradually.
5. To reduce pain, you can apply some coconut oil or olive oil. They also help the nail to grow properly. Apply some tea tree oil, too, because it is known for its ability to kill bacteria. Many experts believe that reducing or killing the bacteria will help you heal and cure the affected fingernail in a short period of time.
After you have finished following the above steps, massage your fingernail or toenail for immediate healing. Put small amount of cotton underneath your nail to encourage the nail to grow straight. You can also try dental floss. This is to ensure that the nail will not grow downward again. Keep in mind that you need to trim your nail straight across the next time, so that you won’t experience an ingrown fingernail all over again.