An ingrown toenail is when the sharp edge of a toenail grows into the skin folds at its edge, which results in pain. Removing an ingrown toenail is a must so that the foot, which houses the nail does not become infected or leads to complications. Many home remedies for ingrown toenail problems, were used by our grandparents and handed down to our parents. They were pretty successful in treating different foot problems, including an ingrown toenail. Some of these home remedies include:
1. Epsom Salt Soak
Trim the ingrown toenail toe so that it is flush with the front end of your toe. Soak your foot for about 30 minutes in warm water that has been mixed with Epsom salt. Epson salt draws down the inflammation so that the nail can heal and grow out easily.
2. The Listerine Soak
Soak the ingrown toenail in Listerine and water. Then file down the top center of the toenail until it is thinner. Listerine’s active ingredients include thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicilate, and menthol, all of which will draw out infections for healing. The toenail that is ingrown will slowly grow out normally.
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3. The Betadine and Tiger Balm Method
Apply a Betadine solution to the ingrown toe, apply white tiger balm around the ingrown area, then put a plaster around it. Use this method twice a day for a couple of weeks and the ingrown nail will slowly grow out. Betadine is helpful for its antiseptic ingredients, while the Tiger Balm ingredients will draw out the infection of the ingrown nail that is causing pain and discomfort.
4. Epsom/Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Soak your foot in warm water, then carefully trim the nail on the ingrown side to remove the inflamed portion. Soak the foot again in Epsom salt and water, dry the foot, then use a cotton swab tip and hydrogen peroxide for additional sterilization.
5. Healing With Oils
Purchase a lip moisturizing oil, a tea tree oil, baby oil, or mineral oil and use the oil on the ingrown toe area every evening for about two weeks. The oil thins the nail surface and makes it softer and pliable. Use a pointed nail clipper to pull the ingrown nail up with only a slight pain, trim the ingrown section away from the skin. These oils disinfect, reduce pain, and provides antiseptic healing. They can be used directly on the infected toe without any irritation.
6. White Vinegar Soak
Mix white vinegar with warm water and soak the affected toenail. Slip a piece of dental floss under the nail edge to lift it off the skin. Then trim the nail straight across, but not too short. This frees the toenail to continue to grow out from the skin. White vinegar is an interior and an exterior panacea for our body’s. It serves as a non toxic antiseptic and a nutrient, as well as containing beneficial vitamins and beta-carotene.
7. Band-Aid Method
Place one end of a band-aid tightly, next to the ingrown part of the nail and pull it around the back of the infected toe. Place the other end of the band-aid tightly to the front of the toe, thus lifting and exposing the infected portion. Use a toothpick to push the nail away from the skin and place a small piece of cotton into the space between the skin and the toenail. Clip a small part of the nail short. You may need to repeat this for a couple of days, or as much as you can tolerate it, so that the nail is trained to grow away from deep in the skin.
8. Vicks Vapo Rub Method
Use a Vicks menthol rub mixture, with a cotton swab tip and gently rub it all over the infected ingrown toe. Place some Vicks underneath the toenail so that it softens the skin and nail for healing and to relieve the pain. The ingredients in Vicks aid in healing the ingrown toenail inflammation because of its Levomenthol, eucalyptus oil, turpentine oil, and camphor properties.
Also read: How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus
9. OTC Products
Use popular OTC ingrown toenail products and follow their instructions carefully. Many products include a nail softening gel so that the infected piece of nail can be trimmed or cut away. Because ingrown toenails are a common condition, whether it is heredity, wearing the wrong style shoes, or sports training, manufacturers have produced many OTC products that aid in healing the infected toe.
10. The Chili Powder Solution
Pour Epsom salt in a container of hot water. Soak the infected foot until the water turns cool. The skin by now is soft enough to tenderly pull the infected skin away from the nail. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the area. Pour a tablespoon of chili powder into a bowl with a drop of water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the infected topical area, as well as deep down into the nail. Leave the paste on and wrap the toe with a band-aid, leaving it on overnight, while repeating the process daily until the toe is healed. Using chili powder helps to draw out the infection.