What is Ingrown Toenail ?
Ingrown toenails are a frequent foot health condition that happens when the nail corner or the right and left margins of the nail descend into delicate flesh tissue. It is most common in the big toes, however it can occur in other toes on rare occasions. With ingrown toenails, hypersensitivity develops in the foot, particularly in the fingers, and any object contacting the foot produces extreme agony. Wearing shoes or even touching socks causes issues. It has a significant impact on your quality of life. You cannot stroll on the road since there are scenarios that cause missteps.
How does an ingrown nail occur?
One of the most common reasons of ingrown toenails is a mismatch between the size of the nail and the width of the nail bed. This illness can manifest itself in a variety of ways can be inherited genetically from one's family. Because of poor nail trimming and shoe preferences that are not appropriate for the foot structure, the situation can exacerbate. The following are some of the most common causes of ingrown toenails:
Wearing tight shoes and tight, sweaty socks that compress and compress the nails
Cutting nails too short and at the base of the nail
Cutting nails in a curved shape
Impact and injury of the toenail from external factors
In manicure and pedicure applications, entering by cutting to the bottom of the nails
Having inwardly curved nails (genetic)
Traumas resulting in nail removal
What are the symptoms of ingrown toenails?
The most common symptom of an ingrown nail is pain that starts from the inside. This pain can be on one or both sides of the nail and increases more when contact is made. Other symptoms that can be seen with ingrown nail can be listed as follows:
Intense sensitivity in the nail bed
Redness around the nail
Swelling and blistering around the nail, thickening of the skin layer
Warming, burning and later discharge in the tissue around the nail
As soon as you start to feel such symptoms, you should immediately consult a podologist without intervening in the area or trying to cut the nail. An infection in this area can exacerbate the problem. It goes up to surgical intervention.
What is good for ingrown nail?
There is a possibility of infection in this area due to ingrown nail. To prevent this infection, ingrown toenail treatment should start immediately as soon as you start to feel the symptoms of an ingrown toenail. In relatively mild cases of ingrown toenails, minor treatments that can be applied at home may be sufficient. In severe cases, emergency surgical intervention may be required. Some of the small treatments that can be done at home for ingrown toenails are as follows:
Hot water bath with natural soap: You can soak your problematic foot in water with natural soap dissolved in it and at a temperature you can tolerate. This will reduce the swelling and relieve the pain that can be caused by a stinging foot. Soaking your foot in hot, soapy water three times a day, for 20 minutes each time, softens and separates the nail and flesh and soothes the area.
Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. For ingrown toenails, add half a teacup of apple cider vinegar to a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in this water for 20 minutes a day. Do not forget to dry your feet very well after these procedures.
Choosing comfortable shoes and socks: Wearing shoes and socks that are too tight and narrow in the mold compresses your nail edges and presses against the flesh. This situation causes ingrown toenails. To prevent ingrown toenails, there should be enough space between the toes and the shoes and the area should be ventilated and should not rub.
Ingrown toenail protector: An ingrown nail protector is a cushioning barrier for ingrown nails. You can use them as rings that fit around the ingrown nail or as a sheath that completely covers the finger. We recommend that you use them in consultation with an expert podologist.