Ingrown Toenails: Weigh the Worth of Home Remedies
When you have a free evening, what do you like to do? If you live near Palm Desert, CA, there are always some great activities going on. On October 2, 2014, the Civic Center Park Amphitheatre will be hosting a concert in the park featuring The Secret Jazz Band. This will be a fun night out for the whole family. If you feel tempted to pass because you are dealing with pain from an ingrown toenail, it is time to take care of it once and for all. There are some home remedies for ingrown toenails out there, but are they really worth trying?
This condition happens when your toenail curves and grows down into the surrounding skin. As a result, the tissue gets irritated and swollen and over time can cause a great deal of pain. Since we don’t often pay attention to our toenails unless there is a problem, the discomfort may have caught you by surprise. You can take action right from the start with some easy tips to ease your pain that are worth trying.
The first step is to remove any pressure on the nail, which means wearing shoes that have plenty of room for your toe to move. Second, you can ease some of the tenderness and swelling by soaking your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes, three to four times a day. We may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever that’s right for you—to help reduce some of your discomfort. If the nail is only slightly ingrown and there are no signs of infection, you can try trimming the very end of the toenail.
If these home remedies fail to improve your symptoms, it is best to go no further without medical intervention. At our office we can treat any infection that may be present and surgically remove part of the nail if necessary. For chronic problems, we can remove the nail entirely and destroy the root so it can’t happen again. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM if you have any concerns about an ingrown toenail. You can reach our office in Palm Desert, CA by calling (760) 568-0108.
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