What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is defined as a nail growing directly into your skin. When it gets more severe, the nail will pierce the skin and create an infection. The skin around the ingrown toenail will be red, swollen and quite painful to touch.
How to treat ingrown toenails?
Your podiatrist has all the tools to treat an ingrown toenail. It is best to let a professional do this than to attempt anything at home.
1. Reshaping your nail
Your podiatrist is trained to cut your nail in a way that not only solves your current ingrown toenail but leaves your nail with a shape that will not have the same tendency to create an ingrown toenail.
2. Minor surgery
Your podiatrist can perform a small surgery to treat an ingrown toenail. It is a permanent solution to a recurrent problem. After this procedure, pain is minimal and the ingrown toenail will not regrow again. It is good to know that only a small portion of the nail is taken out. This way, the aesthetic appearance of your nail is easily preserved.
3. Treating the infection
The best treatment for an infected ingrown toenail is to take out the piece of nail causing the infection. In addition to that, your podiatrist can also prescribe medication to treat the infection caused by your infected ingrown toenail.
How to treat ingrown toenails at home?
The best thing to do at home is to leave your ingrown toenail alone and seek the help of a podiatrist. Your podiatrist has all the tools to solve your ingrown toenail painlessly and permanently.