Nail Care

Home Treatment For Ingrown Fingernails

Ingrown fingernails occur when the edge of the fingernail grows into the flesh, getting embedded in the soft skin tissue. This can lead to tenderness, inflammation, irritation and pain in the skin surrounding the fingernail. The proper home treatment for ingrown fingernails help in getting rid of further damage to the fingernails. Generally people with diabetes, curved nails and the elderly are at greater risk of developing ingrown fingernails.

Home treatment for ingrown fingernails:

  • Soak your fingernail in warm water mixed with epsom salts, salt or baking soda for about 20 minutes. Even warm water with antibacterial soap mixed in it helps. After soaking, wash your hands or feet with cold water and dry them. Salts and soap help in cleaning and preventing ingrown fingernail infection.
  • After soaking the fingernails, they will be soft and you can now trim them so that they no longer get embedded into the skin. Make sure you do not trim them far back as it may allow infections.
  • Take a few drops of tea tree oil and apply to the fingernails. It acts as a natural antiseptic and therefore helps in healing the condition. Tea tree oil is also beneficial for treating fingernail fungus.
  • After applying oil, you can now bandage the fingernail. Repeat this process everyday until the ingrown fingernail is cured completely.
  • Another effective home treatment is to soak the fingernail (same as above) and then cut a small v shape into the middle of the fingernail. Do this every time you trim your nails. This can help your fingernail to not grow towards the side and into the skin.

These treatments for ingrown nails work effectively and are easy to maintain daily.

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