Though we may not feel it on a daily basis, our hands and feet can give us an extraordinary amount of information about the state of our physical well-being.
Just as your fingernails may be sending you crucial warnings, pain in your feet can give you an idea of how to better care for your toenails.
If an ingrown nail breaks into the skin, it can allow bacteria to enter the wound and potentially cause a painful infection.
In the most severe of cases, it would be best to consult a doctor. But if you’re dealing with slight pain or irritation, or if you have only just noticed your ingrown nail, there are many ways you can treat it right at home.
In an exclusive look below, we’ll go through the easy steps you can take to instantly remedy and relieve ingrown toenails.
1. Soak in a Warm Salt Bath
To help prevent recurring infections caused by an ingrown toenail, try soothing the area of pain with a nice, warm salt bath.
Many podiatrists recommend soaking the sore toe for 15 minutes, for a few times every day.
This will help relieve the pain and swelling, and will soften the toenail, so that you can treat it more effectively.
Epsom salt is a great choice — it will help relieve pressure in the toe, and help the foot muscles relax.
2. Use an Antibiotic Ointment
The worst thing you can do to an ingrown toenail is to try and perform surgery on yourself.
Avoid cutting or trimming the toenail any further, or pulling at the skin roughly.
If you prefer to skip the at-home remedies, try rubbing your toe with an antibiotic ointment to lower the chances of developing a serious infection, according to American Family Physician.
3. Use Over-the-Counter Medications
The first and most immediate step you’ll probably want to take is relieving the pain.