What Is an Ingrown Toenail?
A fairly common condition, an ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of one of the toenails grows into the soft flesh of that toe. Ingrown toenails are often painful; however, the condition is typically easy to treat. While an ingrown toenail may occur on any of the toes, ingrown nails usually affect the big toe.
The severity of symptoms associated with an ingrown toenail is often dependent upon the extent to which the nail is ingrown. Nonetheless, the common symptoms of an ingrown toenail include pain and tenderness in or along the toe and redness around the toenail. If the condition persists, it can cause swelling of the toe around the nail as well as infection of the tissue surrounding the toenail.
An ingrown toenail results as the nail grows into the flesh of the toe, typically the big toe. Several things contribute to this abnormal growth, though. Wearing shoes that crowd the toes and toenails, cutting the toenails too short or not straight across, injuring the toenail or having unusually curved toenails may all cause or contribute to ingrown toenails.
Ingrown Toenail Cure
Treating an ingrown toenail at home is often the easiest and best method of treatment available. Many natural remedies treat and help prevent ingrown toenails. Baking soda moistened with spirits of camphor and packed beneath the ingrown nail is an easy and effective ingrown toenail cure. Additional ingrown toenail remedies include MMS, a “v” cut in the center tip of the nail, and vitamin E applied to the nail and nail bed. Magnetic polus australis is another possible homeopathic remedy. In addition to treating the actual ingrown nail, minced garlic applied to the toe helps reduce swelling and fight any infection that is present.