An ingrown toenail is a condition when a toenail is twisted and grows inside the skin, often at the nail borders. The nail then irritates the skin, creating pain, swelling, redness and warmth in the toe. The person experiencing this can feel a lot of pain, but fortunately you can treat this condition at home.
In a bowl filled with 1 liter of lukewarm water add 2 cups of Epsom salt.
Soak your foot into the water and leave it for 20-30 minutes in order to keep the area clean and to kill the possible bacteria in the toe.
Take a cotton ball and pour some hydrogen peroxide on it. Gently clean the toe, generally the infected area. Use two or three cotton balls to be sure that you have cleaned it completely.
Repeat this process 2-3 times a day always keeping the injured area clean. The ingrown toenail should continue growing until it grows out of the toe and then falls off. If this doesn’t happen, you should see a podiatrist, who can help you with this condition.
• If the toenail is deeply ingrained in the skin, an infection may occur no matter how perfectly you clean it. If redness and pain continued to show, see a podiatrist immediately to remove your nail.
• While having an ingrown nail, wear open-toe sandals or shoes. The less pressure you put on the toe, the less painful it would be for you. Take a shower every day and keep the area clean changing your socks regularly.