The ingrown toenail is quite a painful and horrific sight. The nail digs into the surrounding skin and can swell up, take on a scarlet hue, and make you flinch every time someone gets close to it. Usually, the big toe is the primary victim. And for those suffering from diabetes, things can get quite complicated and it is recommended you consult your doctor. This also applies to those who have problems associated with poor blood circulation to the feet.
If it’s a regular ingrown nail that’s showing its ugly head, the obvious way to tackle it would be to try and trim its surface area by using a nail cutter or filer to relieve the pressure. However, there are some other things you can do to relax your skin and ease the whole process:
Foot Soak: In half a bucket of warm water, stir 1/4 cup salt and soak your feet in the mix for 15 minutes. Repeat up to 3 times a day to relieve discomfort and temper the swelling and inflammation. Be sure to dry your feet completely after the soak and keep them sweat-free throughout the day.
Cotton Ball: Insert a cotton swab between the ingrown nail and skin in order to redirect it up and outward. This will cushion the blow.
Essential Oils: Once you trim the nail, apply lavender, clove or rosemary oil to the wedge to hydrate the area and nourish the skin that was being bothered by the impact.
Make note that if the pain persists for over a week or if there’s pus build-up, do visit a podiatrist.