Have you ever had a manicure or a pedicure? Even if you haven't, it's unlikely for you not to have seen one of those nail-cleaning salons inside malls. But why are our nails so important to be cleaned anyway?
Well, one thing that you want to prevent aside from long, ugly nails are the ingrown toenails. These are nasty and can be so painful that you would have to remove them by undergoing surgery. Just imagine that you will be going to the doctor for something in your foot.
So, in order to prevent spending more money to remove that pesky ingrown toenail, here is a 7-step process that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
The first thing you have to do is to get some warm or hot water and put some Epsom salt in it. Then, you put your feet in the water for about 15 to 30 minutes each day. What this does is to soften the nails and stop your ingrown toenail from getting an infection.
What you will need to remove your ingrown toenail is a cotton ball, a small pointy object to get rid of cuticles, and some tweezers.
Now, go and trim your toenail. However, be careful when you're at the location of your ingrown. One thing you have to keep in mind is to make your toenail as straight as possible without pointy portion at the edges. You see, if you have rounded off your nails, you are likelier to have ingrown nails.
Don't raise it too high, just a little bit. Now, place a cotton ball or a small piece of it between the skin and the toenail. What this does is to stop the ingrown toenail from appearing once again. Use your pointy tool to perfectly place the cotton.
Acquire some ointment that promises to prevent any further infection and apply it to your toenail. You can utilize Neosporin if you want. Use a bandage.
Don't let your toes lose air. Whenever you're inside your house, don't wear shoes or socks. Just give your feet some air.
If you placed the cotton correctly and if you put ointment, the ingrown toenail should eventually move out in a couple of weeks or so. Remember to place a new cotton each day.