Ingrown nails

Ingrown nails

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Nail Issues: ingrown nails

If the corner of one of your nails curls around and starts to grow down into the soft tissue of your nail bed, it becomes what is known as an ‘ingrown nail’. These develop more frequently on toes than on fingers.
Ingrown nails may not strictly be a beauty issue, but they are painful and usually cause inflammation. To treat this problem, trim the nail straight across the top and gently roll back the overgrown skin at the border of the ingrown nail. See if you can insert a length of dental floss beneath the nail to carefully raise it a little way away from the skin.

Try soaking the affected toe or finger every day for 15 to 20 minutes in any one of the following solutions:

  • ¼ cup white vinegar in 1 cup warm water;
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salts in 4 cups warm water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water

If symptoms persist, seek treatment from your doctor or podiatrist.

Learn more about fingernails and toenails in ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.

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