A large number of people in the world suffer from the problem of an ingrown toenail. It is actually the result of trimming toenails very short, especially the sides of those big toes. No doubt, that suffering from ingrown toenails gives very painful experience. It has been often seen that the skin next to the infected nail also suffers from infection or inflammation. Along with ingrown toenails, people often suffer from fungal problem that make the situation worse.
Due to tapering the corners, the sides of the toenails curl down and then it dig deep into the skin. It happens for several reasons. Of course, the main reason is improper way of trimming nails. In addition, wearing shoes too short or too tight can also cause the problem of ingrown toenails. People who sweat a lot especially during exercises can suffer from this problem. People with deformed nails are also prone to suffer from ingrown toenails.
Although the proper way of cutting the nails is to cut straight across, some people trim them too short and round. It contributes to the problem of toenails. Above all, injuries in the nails and fungal infection are the other possible reasons for ingrown toenails. When people suffer from fungal infection in toenails, it causes severe soreness that people don’t have any other option but to go to the podiatrist.
At the initial stage of fungal and ingrown toenails, you may find swollen, hard and warm feeling that gradually becomes red, sore and infected. Then the skin possibly grows over that ingrown toenail. When the ingrown toenail area is caught by fungal infection, there are some yellow or green colored fluids oozing out from the nail.
At the earlier stage –If caught early when the ingrown nail stays in smaller size, proper prevention and care can treat the problem. This treatment can be done by a foot doctor or you can do some primary care yourself-
At first, allow your toe to soak in water so that the folds of the affected skin be soften. Then use a cotton bud to push the skin fold on the ingrown nail and pull it away. You need to repeat the process from root of the nail to the top of it. This process should be done every day for few weeks.
Change the cotton bud every time you perform the process and allow the nail to grow forward so that it can reach to the end of the toe. Then you need to cut it straight across.
At serious stage – When the ingrown toenail causes severe pain and the fungal infection get worse and you feel a throbbing pain, you should not wait longer and immediately look for a good podiatry treatment. Sometimes redness spreads over the toe and the patient suffer from high temperature.
It is recommended to visit podiatrist in Sacramento who can take utmost care of your ingrown and fungal toenail problem and provide the best treatment for your problem.
For more information or questions, please contact one of our local Sacramento podiatrist for an immediate response.