An ingrown toenail is an enduring disease that is represented by the growth of one of both sides of the nail beneath the skin. There are multiple reasons for advancing of ingrown toenails.
The good news is that there are many conventional and surgical methods that can remove this problem. In addition, those who want to skip the expensive and uncomfortable treatment at a health care facility can also solve this problem in their homes. This is possible only during the early phase when there are no signs of complications.
How to get rid of ingrown toenail without surgery
Firstly, you have to make both your skin and nails softer and to do so you have to prepare a hot bath.
Pour three tablespoons of baking soda in approximately five liters of water (preferably, you can also put some salt). The temperature of the water should not go beyond 37 C. Once the bath is completed, pull out the ingrown nail.
Additionally, you can use a sticking plaster and apply it on the area where you’ve noticed the ingrown toenail. This action will ease the process. In this way, your toenail will become more accessible.
Place a small amount of cotton between the nail and skin and use tweezers to slightly raise your nail at its end. Use antibacterial cream (iodine) on the cotton before you place it on the affected area.
Wait for 24 hours before you change the wrapper and cotton. Do this technique for 15 days. Your nail must get back to its ordinary condition after this cycle.
In case you find it hard to apply the cotton in this area, use a mixture based on garlic and honey (one tablespoon of raw honey and one ground garlic clove) or aloe vera on the affected area. This cream has powerful antiseptic properties.
It is crucial to understand that the most important part of this method is the softening of the skin and changing the cotton used in the procedure on a daily basis. Scrape the outer part of the nail when you are finished with the procedure.
Remember to perform pedicures on a regular basis in the future. If you detect an infection on the nail and pus, consult your doctor as soon as possible.