Ingrown toenails occur when the nail has been badly cut or simply cut too short. This is a common problem that can affect any nail, but more often that of the big toe. The nail irritates the surrounding skin and the situation can get worse and become an infection.
The ingrown nail is a condition that can be very painful. It should not be taken lightly. Indeed, if the ingrown nail is not treated quickly, the skin ignites and can quickly become infected with pus and swelling. If you notice redness, pain or heat to the touch, make an appointment as soon as possible.
WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:
- Soak your feet daily in a solution made with epsom water and salt for 10 to 15 minutes.If possible, you can also gently massage the edges of the nail to clear the ingrown furrow;
- Apply an antibiotic ointment (e.g. PolysporinTM);
- Wear comfortable shoes with wider ends at toes or sandals with open tips;
- Avoid cutting or clearing the nail on your own.