A reader emailed me this question how do you know if you have ingrown toenail since she has been experiencing pain by her toe . Ingrown toenails may look bad and feel even worse, but they are a common condition experienced by a variety of people. They are simply a result of the daily wear and tear of everyday living, and though painful, can generally be treated at home.
How to know if you have an ingrown toenail and what does an ingrown toenail feel like?
Ingrown toenails takes place when the corners of a toenail grows inward and digs into the soft flesh. To know if you have it look for these symptoms of an ingrown toenail which include
- tenderness or pain around the toe along both or one side of the nail,
- redness, swelling, and infection of the toenail tissue.
- once the toenail becomes embedded in your flesh as it keeps growing you may start to see yellowish fluids or pus coming from the area as a result the area being infection because bacteria have moved in.
- wearing close fitted shoe will become difficult due pain at the side of the toe
- the infected toe may start to smell
- ingrown toenail occurs most often in the big toe but can occur in the smaller ones too
- you should feel pain at the edge of your toe when you walk
- Also, if you have diabetes that can decreases the amount of blood flow to your feet and causes sore and infection, you may want to consult a doctor sooner rather than later. [wp_ad_camp_1]
If you experience discomfort in your toes that you think might be the signs of an ingrown toenail the following factors can help you determine whether or not this might be the case:
- Genetics do play a role. If a family member is prone to ingrown toenails, you are more likely to experience them yourself.
- If you often wear high-heels or tight shoes, you could have trained your toenails to grow abnormally.
- Frequent, harsh, and acute damage to the nail (i.e., playing soccer,sprinting) can cause ingrown toenails to develop.
- Certain fungal infections can cause a thickened or widened toenail to form, thus increasing the likelihood of an ingrown toenail.
- If you cut your toenails too short or not straight across, your nails can grow crookedly.
How to relieve pain from ingrown toenails ?
Most of the time, ingrown toenails are easy to treat here are some steps:
- Soften the flesh by soaking your feet for about 15-20 minutes in warm water mixed with Epsom salt and a few drops of tea tree oil 2 to 3 times a day.
- After washing dry your feet then you can apply a ointment with sodium sulfide treatment Dr. Scholl’s Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever is proven to relieve ingrown toenail pain it comes with some rings which help to apply the ointment and plaster to cover the area . Another great thing about this ointment is that it softens your nails which reduce the pain when walking and also allows you to cut the nail with ease.
- Take anti-inflammatory medications recommended by your doctor.
- While your ingrown toenail is healing, wear comfortable shoes that don’t press on your toe, such as sandals.
- Another way to stop the pain is to lift the edge of the nail away from the skin by carefully slipping a soft piece of cotton (part of a cotton ball, for example) underneath the nail. This will elevate the nail and help it grow away from the flesh.
How to remove an ingrown nail ?
- Things you will need hot bath to soak your feet , adhesive tape , cotton balls tweezers , ingrown toenail lifter , ingrown nail clipper .
- Soak feet in hot water with Epsom salt .
- Get the cotton ball and ingrown toe nail lifter . Lift the edge of the toenail which is ingrown and place a small pieces of cotton ball between the nail and the toenail bed with a tweezers. Place enough between the nail to raise so you won’t feel much discomfort .
- Next use a ingrown nail clipper or nail clip and remove the ingrown nail . Once the nail has been cut remove the cotton ball and place Neosporin on the infected area.
- Cover with a bandage and clean daily with antiseptic until the area heals.
Ingrown toenails can be embarrassing, painful, and make you feel self-conscious. If you suspect that your ingrown toenail is not getting better after applying the above treatments, or if it gets worse, consult a specialist immediately. If untreated, ingrown toenails can lead to further infections and more serious medical concerns.