Fabulous Tips to Treat an Ingrown Toenail

The ingrown toenail (unha encravada com pus tratamento caseiro) can appear at any time and be very painful. It is the result of many factors, but tight shoes and a bad arrangement of the toenails are the most common causes.

The skin along the edge of a nail may turn red and become infected. It is more common to occur in the big toe; however, any nail may be affected.

Other reasons are:

  • To cut too much the nails or to round them.
  • To rip or tear the corners of the nails.

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What to do?

If you suffer from diabetes, nerve damage in the leg or foot, poor circulation or an infection around the nail, you should go to the doctor right away. If not, you can treat the ingrown toenail from home.

  1. Soak your foot in hot water 3 to 4 times a day. The rest of the time, keep the toe dry.
  2. Gently apply a massage on inflamed skin.
  3. Place a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail. Wet the cotton with water or antiseptic.

When trimming the toenails:

  1. Briefly soak the foot in warm water to soften the nail.
  2. Use a clean, sharp nail clipper.
  3. Trim the toenails straight along the tip. Do not round the corners or cut too much.
  4. Do not try to cut the buried part of your nail, which will only make the problem worse.

Consider wearing sandals until the problem is gone. Remember that over-the-counter medicines can help with pain, but they do not treat the problem.

If this does not work, go with your family doctor, a foot specialist (podiatrist) or a skin specialist (dermatologist).

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