We do not respect many toenails. While millions of people spend a fortune on manicures to fingernails, toenails are usually neglected. But it is often the toenails that need care, especially in cases of ingrown toenails. Whether you work standing or not, an ingrown toenail can be very painful. Black toenails are another possible source of pain to the toes.
We must take care of your toenails. Try these tips to relieve pain and eliminate the problem:
- Soak your feet. Soak your feet in a basin of warm water containing two tablespoons of Epsom salts for 15 to 20 minutes. This will soften the skin and nail. Or use a water-based solution and Betadine, an antiseptic found counter. Do not use this solution if you are diabetic.
- Treat your problem. After soaking your foot and you will thoroughly wash your hands, trying to push back the skin of the ingrown toenail. If the procedure is too painful, consult your doctor to prescribe you a treatment.
- Use a cotton ball. After separating the nail and the skin, you can insert a small piece of cotton between them for a few days, until the nail grows back and the skin heals.
- Another solution. First, place a small strip of tape around the ingrown toenail and pull the skin to bring out the nail. Wrap the toe to prevent the tip of the nail to re-enter the skin. You may need to make several attempts before it succeeds, but any basic technique which frees the skin and keeps off is favorable. Then apply a small amount of topical antiseptic liquid bought in store. Change the tape and apply the antiseptic solution daily until the wound heals.
- Cut the nail. Cutting the nail gently with a pair of pliers is another way to prevent the nail deeper into the skin. Here’s how: Once the area is cleaned, numb it with an ice pack for 5 to 10 minutes. Use a pair of pliers, and cut the offending portion of the nail.
- Clean the entire toe with Betadine solution. Within three days, soak your foot once a day in a basin of warm water with two tablespoons of Epsom salts. If the toe is infected again or turns red, see your doctor.
- Trim your nails properly. To avoid a recurrence, it is important to cut your toenails. Rather than using pliers suitable for nails, invest in a pair of pliers for toe nails. They are wider and allow you a better cut. Avoid small nail clippers.
- Cut a straight line. When you cut your toenails, be sure to cut them right. This approach will prevent the nail to push through and under the surrounding skin. If your toenails are irregular in shape, cut into the corners so they do not push yourself.
- Buy good shoes. The shoes having too tight little wind smothers toes lead to ingrown toenails. Make sure your shoes are wide enough to accommodate your feet with comfort.