An ingrown nail is a chronic condition that, for various reasons, engages one or both of the lateral edges of the nail plate into the skin and soft tissue of the lateral side of the fingers.
There are different methods of conservative and surgical treatment of this disease, but in the early stages, before the onset of complications, treatment of ingrown nails can be carried out at home. In order for the treatment to be successful, it is logical to ensure proper nail growth, which will not irritate the surrounding soft tissue of the finger.
To do this, the following procedure should be performed:
- Make a warm foot bath to tear skin and nails apart. You can make it with baking soda – 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in 5 liters of water with salt, or a bath with hypermanganese (potassium permanganate). Water temperature, not more than 37 degrees. Steam your feet for 15-20 minutes.
- Then try to separate the corner of the ingrown nail. To help ease this painful procedure, take a piece of the patch and glue it well to the side of the finger next to the ingrown nail with one side, pull it to the side and secure it to the inside of the nail. This will make the corner of the sore nail more accessible.
- Lift the end of the nail with a smaller stick and try to gently push a piece of cotton or gauze between the nail and the soft tissue. It is best to pre-soak a piece of cotton in iodine, antibacterial ointment or miracle balm.
- Put gauze treated with the same agent above and wrap the finger with a bandage.
- Repeat the procedure within 24 hours. Change the wool, gauze, and bandage.
- Repeat for 12-14 days.
Gradually, the nail will rise above the soft tissue and will slowly emerge from it.
If you do not manage to put a piece of cotton wool under the nail in the first days, place it on the side of the finger with the ingrown nail. And apply a lot of antiseptic softening agents. Aloe leaf or honey and onion mixture (mix 1 tablespoon of honey with a medium-sized onion). In the evening put on your finger and wrap, and in the morning wash and try to lift the nail.
It is important to soften the soft tissue and change the cotton swab daily (between the tissue and the nail). The nail will only grow in height. After achieving the effect, sharpen the sharp corners of the freed nail.
In the future, remember to do the pedicure properly.
Self-healing of the ingrown nail is not allowed at home. And especially the mating of the feet if there are signs of purulent inflammation of the soft tissue. In this case, be sure to seek medical help.