Ingrown Nails and 7 Ways to Prevent and Treat them.

What is an Ingrown Nail?
Many people seek treatments for ingrown toenails. An ingrown toenail is easily diagnosed by curving of the edges of the nail into the skin and causing inflammation, redness and pain. Ingrown Toenails are primarily caused by an inherited tendency for the nails to curve, but may be aggravated by tight shoes and incorrect nail trimming.

As we do not want you to experience the pain of an Ingrown Toe Nail here are 7 ways to prevent them… or if needed treat them.
1- Regularly trim nails to minimize trauma to the nail during everyday use and athletics. A cracked or broken nail can often lead to in growing of the nail. Never trim toenails too short- like wise do not them grow too long increasing there chances to break, catch or be ripped off.
2- Trim toenails straight across, not curved like fingernails. After trimming your toenails straight, remove the corners so there are no sharp edges. This will prevent them from getting caught or snagging on something.
3-Use correct shoes for activities. Don’t wear flip flops or go barefoot for athletic activities, be cause injury to the nail and foot is far more likely without the protection of shoes.
4-Treat nail injuries aggressively to allow proper healing and limit the chance of getting another ingrown.
5-If you develop a painful ingrown toenail, soak the foot in warm water (NOT HOT), with Epsom Salts to reduce inflammation. While in the water, gently massage the side of the nail area to help remove any infectious drainage. We Recomend our Ultimate Pedicure Treatment which includes a Soothing Soak as part of a 90 min Spa Spoiling Signature Service at Sugar N Spice
6-Unless the ingrown ail is treated improperly, there is usually no need for antibiotics. A Majority of the inflammation is due to the body treating the nail as a foreign object. Once the nail is no longer growing into the toe, the inflammation goes down. Soaking as mentioned above will than usually remove any remaining infection.
7-The best treatment for an ingrown toenail is a minor surgical procedure at a doctor’s office. DON’T try to dig the nail out yourself or cut it off. These DANGEROUS “Bathroom surgeries” Carry a HIGH RISK for Infection and cause Unnecessary Pain.

If your still unsure if you have an ingrown toenail or decide you need further professional assistance contact your local Podiatrist. For Severe ingrown toenails a quick same-day procedure, the painful nail can be treated in the office under local anesthetic, which provides long-term pain relief and a return to regular activities.

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One thought on “Ingrown Nails and 7 Ways to Prevent and Treat them.

  1. I had frequent ingrown nails when I was younger and it was definitely no fun. The best thing is to continuously soak them and drain the infection. (This doesn’t mean try and get all the way down to the ingrown nail!) I also would sometimes apply neosporin along the side of the nail and put a band aid on it to help with any infection. Use a q-tip to help prevent further any other infections.

    In the end, if it keeps coming back I would recommend going to the doctor to get it (the ingrown nail) cauterized. You don’t need to be knocked out and it’s very easy to take care of afterward. I’ve had several procedures and although I didn’t really enjoy it at first I’m so glad I got it done because I’ve had no recurrences of ingrown nails (at least on the toe nails I had fixed) since.

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