Epsom salt, lemon and tea tree oil: Home remedies for ingrown toenails

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 10, 2015

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Ingrown toenails can get very discomforting and even painful. Instead of trying over the counter medicines and creams, try these natural ways to treat ingrown toenails.
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    Ingrown discomfort

    Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, are caused by pressure from the edge of the nails into the skin of the toe. Once the edge breaks through the skin, it causes redness, itchiness, inflammation and even pain. Ingrown toenails usually cause discomfort, but they can soon also progress into infection and become a recurring problem. Ingrown toenails most commonly affect the large toes. Here are some home remedies for ingrown toenails. Image Source: Foxnews.com

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    Epsom salt

    Epsom salt also known as magnesium sulphate is known for its wide range of uses.  Although there is no scientific proof that it can be one of the best home remedies to get rid of ingrown toenails, it does soften the skin of the affected area, making it easy for you to pull the toenail out from the skin. Add some epsom salt in a bowl of water and soak your foot in it for about 15-20 minutes. Repeat it twice a day to heal the ingrown toenail. Image Source: Inner strength.com

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    Apple cider vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar makes an effective remedy for treating ingrown toenail. Add few tablespoonfuls of apple cider vinegar in a bowl of water and soak your foot in the mixture for a few minutes. You may also apply cider vinegar directly on the affected area. Image Source: eternallifestyles.com

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    Take a slice of lemon and tie it on the toe with the help of a bandage or gauze. Leave it as it is for the whole night. The acidity of the lemon will cure the infection. The remedy is proof enough of the effectiveness of curing ingrown toenail treatment with home remedies. Image Source: www.organicfacts.net

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    Antibacterial soap

    Soak the affected foot in warm water after placing an antibacterial soap in the tub. Now dry your foot properly and place a piece of cotton under the ingrown toenail. Apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment on the affected area and wrap it with help of a bandage. Image Source: www.mynewsletterbuilder.com

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    Tea tree essential oil

    Tea tree oil acts as a natural antibiotic that can also be applied on the ingrown toenail to give it relief. Image Source: http://botoxjuvedermdoctor.com

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    Oregano essential oil

    Oregano oil acts as an antibacterial, antiseptic and palliative agent, which effectively provides relief from the pain of having an ingrown toenail. You can also mix it with olive oil and apply it directly on the ingrown toenail thrice a day. Image Source: www.thesleuthjournal.com

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    Get new shoes

    Having an ingrown toenail?  Well, may be nature is trying to tell you that it's time you get yourself a new pair of shoes that do not pinch your toes. If you are woman, avoid wearing high heels to relieve the pressure on the toes. Image Source: shoesouganon.atspace.co.uk

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