Ingrown nail is a kind of medical condition. It is called Unguis Incarnates or Onychocryptosis in medical terms. The condition is often painful and involves the growing of the nail grows inwards so that it cuts inside 1 or either sides of the Nail Bed or Paronychium. First, the Paronychium or the soft tissues surrounding the nail bed get inflamed by a microbial infection. Later the nail gets buried inside the Granuloma or inflamed tissues. People who wear ill-fitting shoes and other uncomfortable footwear more are often affected by the condition as the shoe exerts a downward pressure on the nails so that the nails grow abnormally. Barefoot people do not suffer from the condition. Other causes include bad nail-care, damp atmosphere within the shoes, bacterial infection etc. Overgrowth of skin of toe may also give rise to the condition. Symptoms of the condition are exhibited in the form of pain that occurs on the margins of the nails. The nails are more sensitive to all kinds of pressure when suffering from the condition and wearing of even light footwear causes high pain.
If the condition is not treated early, the infection is bound to occur. The infection shows symptoms like swelling, redness and pus drainage. Watery discharge that is tinged with some blood occurs during the infection stages of the condition.Taking proper care of nails and certain home remedies provide for time efficient relief from the condition. These remedies can be easily followed at home and provide for fast and effective relief form pain and infection.
Here Are 6 Home Remedies To Treat Ingrown Nails
Warm Water Soak
Bowl some water in a pan and pour in an open bowl so that you can easily put your inflamed ingrown toe nail and finger into it. Soak for 15 minutes and then dry using the towel. Do the process 4 to 5 times a day. You toe fingers and nails will get adequately soft and you will be easily able to clip the ingrown nail.
Improperly growing finger nails can be brought to right direction of growth by using cotton pieces. Insert the cotton piece and push it lightly under the nail’s edge where the ingrown nail is located. Do this after soaking you nail in warm water so that the skin and nails are adequately soft for the treatment. The nails will get lifted this way and will start to grow against the skin. Do not leave the cotton piece at the skin-nail location for several hours and remove soon. Repeat the process several times during the day. Infection may arise if the cotton piece is left in the nails edge for many days or number of hours.
Vinegar acts as a bactericidal liquid and is a fast acting home remedy against infections. If there is redness and swelling in the ingrown toenails, then the infection has taken place. To get rid of this infection, add 1 part of vinegar with 4 parts of water and make a mixture by stirring. Put you ingrown finger affected toe finger in the mixture for 20 minutes so that a good soak is done. Later dry the fingers and toe with a clean cotton towel. Do the process at least 5 times a day.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a disinfectant and acts against many pathogens including bacteria and fungus. The infected ingrown nail can hence be easily treated with the oil. To treat yourself this way, mix 5 drops of the tree oil with spoon of olive oil and massage your infected finger with oil. Especially gently message the areas near, on and around the ingrown nail. Soon you skin will get softer and bacteria free. You can do the process three times a day until you get full relief.
Hydrogen Peroxide solutions are easily available at pharmacies as OTC products and are excellent disinfectants. Thy substance is very toxic and can even cause death when ingested in highly concentrated dosage and hence should be sued with extreme caution and should be kept away from the reach of children. To treat your ingrown finger nails with hydrogen peroxide, mix 1 cup of 3% solution of the hydrogen peroxide with half bucket of water and soak your ingrown-nail affected hand or foot in the bucket for 20 minutes. Within a few repeats of the process you will be relieved of infection, pain and inflammation.
The natural disinfectant is used during many other conditions such as piles etc for killing pathogens. It is also used for sanitizing food. To treat yourself this way, add quarter tablespoon or 1.5 grams of potassium permanganate to 1 gallon of water)4 liters). Soak your ingrown-nail infected foot or hand in this water mixture for 20 minutes and then dry and pat gently with clean cotton towel. Do the process thrice daily for 3 weeks.