Ingrown nail is a chronic disease in which, for various reasons, one or both of the lateral edges of the nail ingrown in the skin and the soft tissue of the side of the fingers.
There are various methods of conservative and surgical treatment of this disease. But in the early stages, before the onset of complications, the treatment of ingrown nails can be conducted at home.
To make the treatment successful, it is logical to ensure proper nail growth, which will not irritate the surrounding soft tissue of the finger.
For it do the following procedure:
Make a warm bath for your feet, to soften the skin and nails. You can make it with 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda per 5 liters of water with the addition of salt or a bath with hypermarkane (potassium permanganate). The water temperature must not be more than 37 degrees. Bath your feet for 15-20 minutes.
Then try to take the corner of the ingrown toenail. To facilitate this painful procedure, take a piece of plaster and one side paste it right on the side of the finger next to the ingrown toenail. Pull it aside and fix it to the inner surface of the nail. Thus the corner of painful nail will become more accessible.
Lift the end of the nail with the help of small sticks and try to gently squeeze a piece of cotton or gauze between the nail and the soft tissue. It is best to dip gauze into iodine or antibacterial grease.
From above put gauze, treated by the iodine or antibacterial grease , and wrap the finger with bandage.
Repeat the procedure in 24 hours. Gauze and bandage must be changed.
Repeat 12-14 days.
Gradually, the nail will rise above the soft tissue and will slowly exit from it. If in the first days you cannot put a piece of gauze underneath the nail. Place it on the side of the finger with ingrown nail and massage with an antiseptic softening remedy, leaf of aloe or a mixture of honey and onion. In the evening put it on your finger and wrap. And in the morning wash and try to pull up the nail. It is important to soften the soft tissue and daily change the gauze (between the tissue and the nail). The nail will grow only in height. After reaching goal, cut the sharp corners (angles) of the nail and the process is done.