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Why Home Remedies DON’T Often Work for Ingrown Toenails

Why Home Remedies DON’T Often Work for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails hurt. If you have ever had an ingrown toenail, you’ll know exactly what we are talking about.

We know that many people like treating ingrown toenails themselves at home with simple remedies. But in many cases, these home remedies simply do not work. It might relieve the pain for a while, but it rarely fixes the problem.

In this blog, we’ll cover what an ingrown toenail is, some common home remedies for pain relief, and why these remedies are often just not enough. If you have a painful ingrown toenail that needs immediate attention, we highly recommend coming in to see us.

Looking for quality foot care? Mint Foot Care is here to help you. Call us on 1300 975 980 or book online today.

 

What Is An Ingrown Toenail?

Also known by its clinical name, Onychocryptosis, an ingrown toenail is a painful condition where a spike or serrated edge of the nail pierces the side of the toe and into the dermal tissue. This causes an inflammation in the affected area, which could also lead to an infection.

Ingrown toenails are caused by:

  • Improper cutting of the nails
  • An injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Excessive sweating
  • Naturally curved toenails causing ingrowns

 

Common Home Remedies For Pain Relief

We do not recommend trying to treat an ingrown toenail yourself at home. For one thing, the risk of additional infection is just too great, and there is the considerable pain that you are likely going to be in. If your ingrown toenail is painful, there are some things you can do to relieve the pain until you get it treated by a podiatrist.

Soak your foot in warm water

This can help to relieve pain and provides a soothing effect. (Some people add apple cider vinegar with the warm water, believing it to have antiseptic properties. But the science is limited on that one.)

Apply an over-the-counter cream to soothe the pain

If the pain is severe, you could talk to your chemist about getting the most appropriate cream or tincture for your sore ingrown toenail. Others also like to use a toe protector purchased over-the-counter from a chemist.

Wear comfortable footwear and socks

To minimise pain, wear comfortable footwear and socks when you need them. Make sure that your socks or shoes do not press on your affected toenail.

 

Why Don’t Home Remedies Work For An Ingrown Toenail?

The short answer is that many ingrown toenail remedies require medical intervention. Most home remedies also just relieve the pain but don’t treat the underlying cause of the ingrown toenail. In such cases, you won’t get the lasting relief you crave no matter how many soaks in a warm tub you have.

If you have an ingrown toenail and want to get rid of it with as little pain and hassle as possible, we recommend calling us to get a full assessment. Our podiatrist will evaluate it and recommend the best solution for your ingrown toenail, whether it’s conservative treatment or surgery.

Read more about coming in for your first appointment, fees and payment options, and bulk billing here. We are committed to your health and happiness and are only too happy to answer any question you may have about your ingrown toenail issues. Call us today on 1300 975 980 or book your appointment online

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