The two question that people want answered when they find that they have an ingrown toenail is, what are the causes and are there any ingrown toenail remedies? This condition is when the toenail grows downward into the skin causing redness, irritation and pain.
The medical term for the condition is onychocryptosis and it is considered to be a nail disease. If left untreated for to long fungus can form under the toenail and the can become infected. If there is drainage of yellow pus, redness, swelling and the toe is hot to the touch then it is infected and you should see a podiatrist “foot doctor”.
So, what does cause ingrown toenail? The most common cause is poorly fitting footwear like tight shoes and even socks. Tight footwear can force the toenail to grow inward or downward into the skin. Another common cause is improper foot care. Things like cutting you toenails to short, letting them grow to long or rounding the edges can cause the toe to grow in such a way that they dig into the skin.
Some other not so common cause are bumping the toe into something and heredity. Bumping the toe can make it grow inward especially if you hit real hard. If you are born with nails that are curved they will tend to grow downward.
Ingrown toenail remedies can vary from soaking to surgery. If you have a mild case you can try soaking of the toe that’s affected in a mixture of warm water and Epsom salts for about 15 days, 2 or 3 times a day and cut the nail straight across then gently rub the skin from the toenail. You can put little puffs of clean cotton under the edge of the nail and let the nail grow out from the skin.
If you have a sever case of ingrown toenail surgery may be needed so you will have to see a podiatrist. On another note here, some people think that cutting a V in the top of the toenail will force the toenail to have to in to fill the V thus making it grow out of the skin. Just a word of warning, it doesn’t work and can cause harm if you make the cut too deep.
One of the best ingrown toenail remedies is prevention. To prevent this condition you basically just do the opposite on the causes. Wear shoes and socks that fit right, not too loose and not to tight. Take proper care of your feet. Don’t cut your toenails to short or let them grow to long. You want to cut the nail so that it’s just at the end of the toe.
If you suffer from an ingrown toenail you want relief fast, but you want to get it right. Before you start working on that toenail yourself get all the information you can.