Ingrown toenails occur when your toenail begins to dig into the adjacent skin as it grows. They are typically nothing serious and will often go away if treated properly, but they should not be ignored. At-home treatment for an ingrown toenail focuses on relieving pain and swelling so that the nail can be safely trimmed, and choosing proper footwear that will prevent them from further injury and will prevent future cases. But at-home treatment should not involve dangerous do-it-yourself foot surgery, instead, consult with your local professionals of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX.
Soaking your feet about three times a day for up to 20 minutes can ease some of the discomfort associated with your ingrown toenail. Use warm soapy water, although you can also add Epsom salts, but be sure to follow indicated directions for their use.
Over-the-counter pain medication can provide some relief and may even help with inflammation and swelling if it's present. Examine closely the available options and discuss either with your pharmacist or your doctor for the best medication for your case. Pain and anti-inflammatory drugs can help provide relief but they do not target the problem itself.
You may also find over-the-counter products made with the purpose of protecting your toe to not aggravate it further. But wearing shoes fit comfortably and socks that won't restrict your toes can be just as useful. Both in protecting an affected toe from further trauma, but it's also how you can prevent them in the first place.
Antibiotic ointments that you can get from your drug store can help with an inflamed ingrown toenail. But if you are concerned about the level of inflammation of your ingrown toenail then your McKinney and Prosper, TX, podiatrist may prescribe oral antibiotics. It may be necessary if your toe has become infected, which may be noticeable if you feel intense pain or increased swelling and redness.
An infected toenail threatens your overall health and in some situations, the nail must be either partially or completely removed. They'll take a few months to regrow, could be more than a year for a full removal.
At-home care can help with mild cases of ingrown toenails, but if are showing signs of infection, if the condition interferes with your everyday activities, or if you suffer from diabetes then schedule a consultation in McKinney and Prosper, TX, with your local foot doctors of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center by dialing (972) 542-2155.