4 ingrown toenails causes and 5 treatments you can use to get rid of them

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Ingrown toenails are one of the most painful things that you’ll have to deal with especially when they’re left untreated, they become infected and the pain doubles up. That is why you should do everything you can to treat the condition without causing any more damage.

The obvious solution is a doctor appointment but in most cases, that solution is quite expensive. For that reason, we present you the 4 main causes of ingrown toenails and 5 treatments you can use to get rid of them.

Causes

1. Tight shoes

Sometimes, because of work, we have to wear certain shoes and sometimes they are a little too tight, and that builds up pressure on the nails and pushes them into the flesh. Wearing tight shoes regularly will eventually cause ingrown toenails.

2. Straight, shortcuts

When toenails need a trim we should go for it, right? Technically, yes, but you should not trim them straight across or too short because that can cause you ingrown toenails.

3. Curvature

This is not something that can happen because of bad habits because it is in you already. If you have curved nails, then you will most likely end up having ingrown toenails.

4. Injury

Toenails are essential for toe protection, but they have limits that should not be overpassed. To clarify, toenail injuries can potentially lead to ingrown toenails.

Treatments

1. Soak it

One of the easiest and most important things you can do is soak your toe(s) in warm water for 20 minutes three to four times per day.

2. Lift it

If you want to prevent your toe from getting infected or if it starts becoming infected, then start lifting your nail from the toe right after soaking it, then place a waxed dental floss underneath the nail to keep it lifted from your foot. Make sure to replace the dental floss every once in a while and make sure to cover it with a bandage.

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