Usually toenails grow over the skin but in the case of an ingrown toenail, it grows into the skin causing pain and discomfort. While it is more common in the big toe, it can be found in other toes as well. There are chances that an ingrown painful can get infected leading to pain, swelling and draining of pus. This is mostly seen in adults.
You will have to obtain nail treatment if you’re suffering from an ingrown toenail. There are different reasons to have an ingrown toenail such as wearing ill-fitting socks, cutting your toenail too short, shoes that are too tight, stubbing your toe, repeated activity that injures the nail etc. The most common symptom experienced by those who have it is the pain caused by the nail growing into skin. The area around the toenail can also become quite sensitive and painful to touch. You can visit a podiatrist or your family doctor to get a diagnosis. There are many ways of treating the toenails. There are remedies that you can carry out at home. The success of it cannot be guaranteed as different people may respond differently. One of the home remedies you can do is to soak your toe in warm water for a duration of 15 minutes twice or thrice a day. You can also use a tiny piece of wet cotton under the corners of the toenail to lift it off the skin.
There are surgery free ingrown toenail treatments that medical professionals use such as BS brace technology. You are cautioned not to use sharp objects to poke and dig under the nail. If you see pus, you shouldn’t poke it with a needle to drain it as it will lead to infection. Make sure to wear comfortable footwear that will not put pressure on the toe in the days following your treatment. Of you have tried the home remedies and they don’t work, you will need to see a doctor to get an expert opinion. If your toe is infected, it is very important to see your doctor.
Some of the signs you should watch out for are if your toe has become red or swollen or if it is draining pus. Surgery is used if the ingrown toenail is very severe. But there are methods you can use without having to resort to surgery. Make sure to get the opinion of an expert podiatrist. You can ask for pain medicine if you’re experiencing severe pain. Comfortable footwear and socks should be worn to prevent the occurrence of an ingrown toenail.