Treat Ingrown Fingernails with These Quick Home Remedies

Ingrown nails aren't isolated to toenails only. This problem can appear on your fingernails too! Depending on the severity and situation, they're still annoying and troublesome. 

 

Even so, this problem can easily be treated by performing surgery or procedure, whatever the doctors may call it. However, going to such length for an ingrown nail isn't a great idea if your ingrown problem is not that severe. Such surgery does require a considerable amount of money to be carried away. 


Here are quick remedy treatments that you can do at home for it to help you with your ingrown problem. 


What is Ingrown Nails?


Before we go to the remedies, let us first understand what the problem is.


Ingrown nails happen when your nails' edges or corners (whether on the foot or fingers) start growing deeper to the skin. It will then cause discomfort and pain as it progresses. Mostly, the big toe is most likely to get an ingrown toenail. 


Though it is a slow process, the edge can still cut through the skin, leaving it open for germs and bacteria. That's why most severe ingrown nails are accompanied by swelling. 


Ingrown Nails Home Treatments


Here are simple and easy things you can do to treat ingrown fingernails at home:


Lukewarm Water 


Try soaking the affected finger in a bowl of lukewarm water. This process dramatically reduces the pain and swelling of the finger. You can do this for about three times a day and about 15-20 minutes per session. 


You can also mix in some other additives to the water like Epsom salt and hydrogen peroxide. Epsom salt helps soothe inflammation, and the hydrogen peroxide prevents infections.


Vinegar and Water


It's been known to be one of the best remedies for ingrown nails. Mix four parts of water with one part of vinegar in a small bucket or any container. Then, soak the affected finger (or your entire hand) in the water mixture for about 15-20 minutes. 


Vinegar has natural disinfectant properties, which is excellent for ingrown nails starting to show signs of infections. Do this three times a day, for about 2-3 days. 


Pain Relievers


If you continuously feel a sharp pain in the affected area, try intaking pain reliever meds. It will help you bear the pain as you do your regular daily tasks. 


You can buy over the counter pain reliever meds like Ibuprofen, Mefenamic acid, and acetaminophen. These will help you feel comfortable and relieved for about a couple of hours while at work. 


Lifting the Nail


Soak the affected finger in lukewarm water for about 5 minutes. This will soften the nail for this procedure. Then, gently lift the affected nail as you place a small piece of a cotton ball between the nail and the skin. This will separate the nail and the skin, thus, giving you relief from the pain. 


Also, doctors use this method inside their offices. But, if it does hurt for you to lift the nail, you can simply skip it. 


Apply Antibiotic Ointment


Antibiotic ointments are great. They encourage healing in the affected area, and it also prevents infections. You can buy any brand of antibiotic ointment, you know, or you can just ask the pharmacist which one to buy.


Then, use the ointment as per the instruction of the manufacturer. Apply the cream three times a day, and don't forget to put some bandages on it. 


Final Words


Indeed, ingrown nails are undoubtedly problematic at some point. Try these simple and quick remedies, and if it fails to bring any relief, then it's better to see your doctor about it. For more education topics like this one, stay tuned to our blog series.


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