Ingrown, splitting, yellowed, or even a fungus infection — our nails can get damaged so easily and bring us a lot of discomfort. Though, the changes in our nails might look scary, they can be easily cured at home and be happily forgotten in no time. Moreover, in most cases all the needed ingredients can be found right in your kitchen or bathroom.
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1. Ingrown toenails
One of most annoying toenail issues are ingrown toenails. The common symptoms include redness, pain and tenderness in your toe around the nail, swelling, and an infection of the skin around the nail.
- Soak your foot in a warm water: Start with a warm foot bath. This will help to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Soak for approximately 20 minutes. You can add castile soap or Epsom salts for better results.
- Apple cider vinegar: Add 1/4 cup of it to your warm foot bath. It works as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving remedy for ingrown toenails. Soak for 20 minutes.
- Put cotton or dental floss under your ingrown toenail: After you’re done soaking, try to put some pieces of cotton or waxed dental floss under the edge of the toenail. This will help to lift up the nail and help it grow above the edge of the skin.
- Choose comfortable footwear: The shoes and socks you wear affect your feet and toenails. Make sure your shoes are spacious enough for your feet and don’t cause any discomfort to your toes and that your socks don’t apply extra pressure to your feet.
2. Lifted nail plate
A lifted nail plate happens when it gradually gets separated from the pink nail bed. Usually, this is a slow and painless process, but in some cases it can cause a lot of discomfort. You can also notice this as the nail starts changing its shape and color.
- Tea tree oil: This oil has antibacterial properties and is able to remove fungus and other infections that live under the nail. Apply a mixture of tea tree oil and jojoba or coconut oil on the nail
- Keep your nail dry while it heals.