Onychocryptosis, or what we commonly call ingrown toenails, are a painful nail condition in which a corner of the toenail grows into the flesh of the toe. This can cause redness, swelling, pain and if left untreated may lead to a serious infection.
Common causes of an ingrown toenail include improperly trimmed toenails, tight fitting shoes, vascular problems, malformations caused by another disease, excessive feet swelling and trauma.
An infected ingrown toenail is cause for serious concern and treatment by a podiatrist. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist and specializes in treating people with infected ingrown toenails.
Never attempt "bathroom surgery" to seek relief from an ingrown toenail. But, if you can't get to your podiatrist right away, these "home remedies" may provide temporary relief.
Apple Cider Vinegar - ingrown toenails can be cured by mixing a few tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water and soaking the foot in the mixture. Apple cider vinegar could also be applied directly on the affected area.
Hydrogen Peroxide – applying this around the skin of the ingrown toenail softens the area. This germicidal agent is composed of water and oxygen and kills organisms by oxidation or controlled burning process. Mix half a cup of hydrogen peroxide in water and soak the foot with the affected area for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Oregano Essential Oil – an antiseptic and pain killer, oregano essential oil can stop infection in its track while providing much needed relief from ingrown pain. Simply apply oregano essential oil thrice a day on the affected toe.
White Flower Oil – made from a variety of several herbal oils, this traditional healing oil can help people suffering from ingrown toenail. This concoction is usually made up of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint oil. Apply this ointment around the ingrown toenail carefully avoiding any wounds.
Epsom Salt – officially known as magnesium sulphate can be added to water and used for soaking the feet for about 18 to 20 minutes twice a day.
Tea Tree Essential Oil/ Lavender Essential Oil – natural antiseptics, this oil can be applied over the ingrown toe nail to provide pain relief
Antibacterial Soap – infection is a serious complication with ingrown toenails. Soak the foot in warm water and wash with antibacterial soap.
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in treating people with ingrown toenails. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.