An ingrown toenail digs into the surrounding skin, cuts into the flesh causing pain, swelling and inflammation. The big toe is nearly always affected, and trouble may arise when the soft tissue becomes infected. The most common cause is a toe nail cut too short and curved at the corner, tight shoes pressing on the growing nail, and hot, sweaty feet.
* Cut nails straight across using sharp nail-scissors or clippers.
* Avoid cutting them too short.
* Do not trim the nail deeper than the tip of the toe.
* Never pick at nails – cut them.
* Regularly clean under the nail with an orange stick.
* Wear properly fitting shoes and immediately change socks when they become hot and sweaty.
* If you tend to have ingrown toe-nails, relieve the pressure and bathe the toe with salted water when the area becomes red or painful. To lessen the pain and prevent possible infection, dip a cotton bud in antibiotic ointment and push it under the nail edge. Wear open or loose fitting shoes for some time.
* If your toe looks red and swollen, and is discharging pus, seek medical help preferably from a podiatrist.
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