Ingrown toenails are toenails that have grown into the skin causing redness, swelling, and pain. Usually happens to the big toe but can happen to any of them. Sometimes they can get infected as well.
Ingrown toenails can be from trimming your toenails improperly. Wearing shoes that squeeze your toes together. An injury or damage to the toenail. Genetics can also be a factor.
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail
- Redness alongside the toenail.
- Swelling and pain.
- Puss coming out alongside the toenail or skin near the toenail.
Treating an ingrown toenail at home as long as there is no sign of infection:
Try to gently lift the end of the toenail. Make sure there is no sharp little "sticker" at the very corner of the nail. Cleanse it with peroxide then soak it in warm Epsom salt water. Apply Bacitracin Ointment and a sterile bandaid daily.
If the toenail is infected you should see a podiatrist. Left untreated, an infection can spread.
Preventing an ingrown toenail:
- When trimming your toenails, cut straight across. Do not round the nail.
- Wear properly fitting shoes leaving plenty of room for your toes.
If you can't solve your ingrown toenail problem with at-home remedies, then it is time to see a podiatrist. Call Williamsburg Podiatry and schedule an appointment so we can get you back to your active lifestyle.