5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Painful Ingrown Nail

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5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Painful Ingrown Nail

  1. 1. ==== ====Get more resources ,tips and infos about nail fungus herehttp://nailfungus-solution.com==== ====Ingrown toe nails can cause pain and discomfort (especially if the little person (or big person forthat matter) in your home likes to walk all over it). If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, itsprobably best to go see your podiatrist about it, especially if infection is present. Definitely seeyour foot doctor if you have diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation in your foot. Yourpodiatrist should be able to make the diagnosis by performing a physical exam of your toe. Hereare 5 things your podiatrist will do or recommend.1)If you do not have an infection in your toe, you may be able to get away with just doing somehome treatments (unless youre diabetic or have nerve or circulation problems in your foot). Youcan soak your foot in warm water or salt water three or four times a day, and gently massage thesides of your nail to help reduce inflammation. Then, apply antiseptic and a bandage over yourtoe.2)You may want to wear shoes, like sandals, that put no pressure on your toe while it heals. Donttry to perform the endearingly named "bathroom surgery" by attempting to cut out the ingrownportion of your nail yourself. Also, (although you may have heard different from your best friendsmother-in-laws cousins wife) doing things like cutting a V-shape in the end of your toenail is prettymuch useless. (Some believe that it allows the edges of an ingrown nail to grow together, but nailgrowth depends on the nail root, not the end of the nail. The V-method simply doesnt work.)3)If your nail fails to improve, or if you have an infection in your toe or other medical problems,your podiatrist can help bring your ingrown toenail back from the dark side. He or she will likelyinject a local anesthetic into the area and remove the side of the nail thats causing the problem.Your podiatrist may also opt to destroy the portion of your nail root thats contributing to theingrown nail (especially if this is a recurring problem for you). This may be done by using a specialmedicine to destroy the root, or by using a laser. (Who knew treatments for ingrown toenails couldbe so close to science fiction?)4)Your podiatrist will also likely prescribe an antibiotic to clear up the infection in your toe. (Be sureto take all of the prescribed medication, by the way, even if your symptoms appear to have clearedup.)5)Youll probably want to stay off your foot and keep it elevated for a few hours, but you should beable to resume many normal activities the next day (although youll want to avoid vigorousmovements like running for about two weeks). Occasionally, the entire nail may fall off aftersurgery; a new nail will grow over the next few months, although it will probably be a bit morenarrow if your podiatrist has destroyed a portion of the nail root.With the ingrown portion and accompanying infection taken care of, your toenail should reassume
  2. 2. that harmless nature we love so well. Just treat it as well as you can, or it may show its destructiveside once again.Dr. Marble has more information about other foot and ankle skin conditions on his website. Visithttp://www.puebloankleandfoot.com for more free information about these conditions. Dr. Marblepractices in Pueblo, Colorado.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Benjamin_Marble==== ====Get more resources ,tips and infos about nail fungus herehttp://nailfungus-solution.com==== ====

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