An ingrown toenail is a painful condition, that occurs in the sharp corner of the toenail. In most cases, it is a result of the pressure from the ingrowth of the nail edge into the skin of the toe.
Ingrown toenails commonly occur in athletes. It’s a condition that affects many athletes, and it can also occur as a result of improper footwear or toe injuries. Keep in mind that ingrown nails can recur if not treated properly.
Common treatments include foot soaks, proper nail clipping, and healthy hygiene habits. Surgeries are last resort, but some people believe that it’s the only option they have when it comes to eliminating the pain and discomfort. This doesn’t exclude the fact that a minor toenail procedure is always an option.
So, what causes your toenails to go inwards? Everything starts with the pressure from the penetration of the nail into the skin. The edge of the nail grows into the skin, and causes inflammation. The minor discomfort turns into an infection in no time.
Many people solve this issue by undergoing a surgery, but despite being unpleasant and expensive, it is often unnecessary, when you can treat it completely naturally at home, in case it is in its early stage.
Here is what to do:
Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 5l of hot water. Soak the feet in a hot bath to soften the nails.
Then, use tweezers and try to place a small cotton ball between the nail and the skin, previously soaked in iodine. Keep it bandaged, and try not to wear socks while at home, to allow the skin to breathe.
Change the cotton daily for 15 days, and the nail will eventually heal.
Furthermore, you can also mix a tablespoon of raw honey and a ground garlic clove or Aloe Vera gel, and apply the powerful antiseptic mixture on the affected area.