Ingrown nails cause annoying and painful inflammation affecting the skin that surrounds them. Sometimes, the inflammation follows the infection of the area where the ingrown toenail is located.
In this article, we will explain what the symptoms and possible causes of this problem are. In addition, we will reveal some natural and do-it-yourself remedies to heal ingrown nails without complications.
We have all the ingredients at home: lemon, salt, thyme, onion, egg or carrot.
Ingrown toenails: symptoms and causes
You notice that you have an ingrown toenail if the skin around the nail appears red and / or inflamed, it is usually painful to touch. Sometimes, there can be an infection, then a buildup of pus on the area surrounding the nail.
Ingrown toenails can be caused by several factors:
- Excessive growth of the nail
- Abnormal nail growth
- Wound caused by the incarnation of the nail into the skin
- Unsuitable footwear that puts pressure on the toes
- Excessive sweating
- Skin diseases
Natural remedies for ingrown toenails
1. Infusion of thyme
Thyme is a medicinal plant with multiple benefits, for example it helps fight inflammation and infections, as well as relieving pain. For this reason it is an excellent natural remedy in case of ingrown toenails.
You simply have to prepare an infusion with a cup of water and two tablespoons of thyme. Boil for five minutes and, once it has cooled, dip your finger with the ingrown nail in the infusion for 5 or 10 minutes.
Repeat this process several times throughout the day.
2. Lemon and salt
With these simple ingredients you can get effective treatment if you suffer from ingrown toenails.
Make a hole in the middle of a lemon, put a little salt and finally insert the finger with the ingrown nail.
Leave your finger in the lemon for 20 minutes and repeat this process every day until the nail problem is resolved. Lemon and salt act as disinfectants and reduce inflammation.
3. Onion packs
Onion is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat various diseases. Even in the case of ingrown nails it can be useful to use onion, in a very simple way.
Cook an onion and, once cooked, mash it well. After letting it cool, put the paste you have obtained on a sterile gauze.
At this point, apply the compress to the affected nail; you can cover your finger with other gauze and tape and leave it to act for at least two hours.
4. Carrot wraps
As you can see, they are completely natural remedies, all effective, so you can choose one over another based on the ingredients you have available. Or, you can alternate them to find out which is the most practical and useful.
For example, the remedy we are talking about now is similar to that of onion, but to prepare it you have to use carrot.
This vegetable will help eliminate the ingrown toenail and will have a revitalizing effect on the skin surrounding the nail.
Apply the carrot wrap to the nail three times a day for at least five minutes.
5. Egg white
Egg white is a very fast remedy with excellent results, as long as it is repeated constantly until you notice improvements.
You just have to beat the egg white and apply it to the ingrown toenail several times a day. You can keep it in the refrigerator for three days.
IS Can I Prevent Ingrown Toenails?
You can avoid ingrown toenails by following these simple tips:
- Try to cut your nails regularly; use a file to even out the nail profile and eliminate any “tips”; also pay attention to the cuticles.
- Avoid wearing tight footwear, but opt for shoes that respect the natural shape of the foot and are breathable. If possible, avoid high-heeled shoes.
- If you have suffered a bump or stepped on your feet, use natural remedies even if it does not seem serious.
- Regularly moisturize your hands and feet with moisturizers that contain vitamin E or vegetable oils.
- If, in addition to the ingrown toenail, you also have a mycosis problem, apply a pure drop of Tea Tree essential oil, a powerful antifungal, every day.
Recommendation : If the ingrown toenail becomes infected and instead of improving it continues to expand, see your doctor.
In this way you will avoid complications that are usually not frequent, but which could occur if you do not take enough care in treating this problem, such as nail fall, abscesses, extension of the infection.