If you’ve accidentally cut your nails too short, you might be at risk of experiencing an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails occur when the nail starts curling and growing into the skin, causing irritation and possibly infection. It’s important to treat ingrown toenails and follow the necessary steps to prevent them from happening again in the future.
Dealing With an Ingrown Toenail
An ingrown toenail can cause you a lot of pain and irritation and it can be difficult to participate in your daily activities. It might even be irritating to wear a shoe and deal with any pressure put on your toe. Your ingrown toenail might start out hard, swollen, and really tender to the touch and when left untreated, can be sore, red, and there may be pus and infection inside that area.
Usually, you should be able to do some at-home remedies to resolve some of the pain that you might be dealing with. You can start by soaking your foot in warm, soapy water several times a day. This can help soothe your nail and reduce some of the irritation that you’re experiencing. You should be sure to fully dry your foot and avoid wearing tight socks or shoes. If there’s an infection, your podiatrist may prescribe an antibiotic and you might be able to take over-the-counter pain relievers.
In severe cases, your podiatrist may need to remove part of the toenail that has grown into your skin so that it can have a fresh start and stop putting pressure on the skin.
You can prevent future ingrown toenails by trimming the nails straight across and not trimming too short, avoiding tight socks and shoes, and keeping your feet clean daily.
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