An Ingrown toenail is a mere nuisance, possibly a quick couple hours at the doctor now, however in a SHTF situation this could lead to a life threatening infection; an all around bad day for you or your loved ones. You get these when the sharp edge of the toenail is overgrown by the skin of the toe, forming a painful/discomforting wound that can easily get infected.
Here are a few home remedies that you can employ, however with that being said if you have diabetes or circulation issues you will need to consult a higher level of care if at all possible.
(These are not Medical Recommendations, advice or anything close to that, just for Informational purposes only)
- Trim nails consistently and often, make sure there are no sharp edges near the edge of the skin of your toe. Trim the nail to the edge of the skin, if you cut it too short it can grow INTO the skin, so just play it safe, dont go BOLD!
- White Socks are better than colored, why? If you have an open wound the dyes may seep in and cause complications, especially if you are allergic to dyes.
- Buy Shoes/Boots with a roomy area in the toes, if you are starting to get a ingrown toenails it may mean you have too tight of shoes.
- Avoid Stubbing your toes, if you do watch it and make sure that it doesn’t curl downward and go into the toe.
- Apply Neosporin to the wound to prevent infection in the early stages.
- Use Epsom Salt to soak your toe/foot for 10-20 minutes a few times a day. You can also use a Anti-Bacterial Astringent solution available in CVS/Walgreens that you can dip your toe in for 20-30 minutes a night to relieve pain as well as reduce swelling and the infection.
- After Soaking for a few days/nights, trim your nail correctly then slowly begin to peel back the grown over skin. Soak a cotton ball in antibacterial solution and peel up your toenail carefully placing the cotton ball under the nail as you peel it back. If you cannot do it that day continue to soak another day or two, once you can peel it back, clip the offending nail and place the cotton ball under the nail to keep it from disturbing the prior infected area.
If you are ever thinking of doing any sort of home “surgery” involving cutting your toe, this is not recommended unless that is the last option (once again educational purposes only…) this could result in a larger infection than the ingrown nail was in the first place. Always use sterile instruments in a sterile environment.
CHECK OUT AND JOIN THE GREAT NORTHERN PREPPER FORUM, LEARN, DISCUSS AND SHARE!
Want to help support the site? find out more here! Or just click the amazon link below, bookmark it and go there every time you shop on Amazon, it costs you nothing more, but they will kick back a portion of your purchase to the site to help run things smoothly and keep you informed!