Ingrown toenail do's
- Do wear properly fitting shoes that allow you to wiggle your toes without having your foot slide around within.
- Do avoid repeated pressure and trauma to the toenails.
- Do wear sport-specific shoes.
- Do practice good foot hygiene.
- Do trim toenails straight across.
Here are some ideas:
- Try a foot soak.
- Keep your foot dry except when soaking.
- Take an over-the-counter pain-relieving medication, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Gently pull the skin away from the nail using a small nail file or other blunt device that won't cut or hurt the toe.
Ingrown toenail symptoms include:
- Pain and tenderness in your toe along one or both sides of the nail.
- Redness around your toenail.
- Swelling of your toe around the nail.
- Infection of the tissue around your toenail.
irregular, curved toenails. footwear that places a lot of pressure on the big toes, such as socks and stockings that are too tight or shoes that are too tight, narrow, or flat for your feet. toenail injury, including stubbing your toe, dropping something heavy on your foot, or kicking a ball repeatedly. poor posture.
So how fast do the average adult's nails grow? The simple answer is that fingernails grow about one-tenth of an inch (3 millimeters) a month. If you lose a fingernail, it will take four to six months to regrow completely. Toenails take a year to a year and a half to grow from cuticle to tip [source: Robb-Nicholson].
Torn or Detached Nail Facts. Fingernails and toenails, like hair, are composed of protein and fat and are not live tissue. Nails grow a bit more than one-tenth of an inch per month and require three to six months to completely regrow. (Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails.)
Ingrown nails are most frequently caused by cutting your toenails too short or rounding the nail edges or by wearing ill-fitting shoes or tight hosiery that press the nail into your toe. You can also develop an ingrown nail after an injury, such as stubbing or jamming your toe.
An ingrown nail (also known as onychocryptosis from Greek: ?νυξ (onyx, "nail") + κρυπτός (kryptos, "hidden") or unguis incarnates) is a common form of nail disease. It is an often painful condition in which the nail grows so that it cuts into one or both sides of the paronychium or nail bed.
Ingrown toenail treatment typically is covered by health insurance. For patients without health insurance, ingrown toenail treatment typically costs less than $50 for at-home treatment, but can reach $200-$1,000 or more if a doctor visit and a procedure to remove all or part of the toenail is required.
Pedicures. Many women (and increasing numbers of men) enjoy getting pedicures. Nothing wrong with that, but make sure to go to an experienced technician. “Pedicures can cause ingrown nails if the nail technician is overly aggressive in cutting back a toenail,” says podiatrist Dina Stock, DPM.
Although many types of doctors, including family physicians, pediatricians, urgent-care walk-in physicians, and dermatologists, can treat ingrown toenails, podiatrists (foot and ankle specialty doctors) are uniquely qualified among the medical professionals to treat this condition.
A doctor who specializes in treating nail and skin disorders is called a dermatologist. You may see your regular doctor about your nail health concerns, and he or she may refer you to a dermatologist.
To prevent ingrown hairs, try these tips every time you shave:
- Every day, rub your face in a circular motion using a wet washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to tease out any stubborn ingrown hairs.
- Shave with a sharp, single-bladed razor.
- Wet your skin with warm water before shaving and apply a lubricating gel.
Try this method to gently ease them out of your skin:
- Soak a clean washcloth in warm water.
- Press the washcloth against the ingrown area for three minutes to soften the hairs.
- Using sterilized tweezers or a needle, gently work out the ingrown end of each hair one by one.
- If you can't easily treat a hair, don't force it.
Ingrown hair is a condition where hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. The condition is most prevalent among people who have coarse or curly hair. It may or may not be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle (folliculitis) or "razor bumps" (pseudofolliculitis barbae), which vary in size.
You get ingrown pubic hairs when your pubic hair grows back into the skin, instead of up to the surface. It can happen when pubic hair has been shaved, waxed, or plucked. When an ingrown hair develops, you may notice small, round bumps called papules, or small, pus-filled bumps called pustules.
- Apply warm compresses or soak the finger in warm, soapy water for 10 to 20 minutes, at least twice a day.
- Apply antibiotic or antifungal cream.
- Keep the infected area covered with a sterile bandage.
Strawberry legs are actually black heads, or open comedones, all over your legs. These dilated hair follicles (pores) filled with dead skin, bacteria, and oil are the real culprits of why you can't wear shorts in the summer.
You shouldn't pop most zits — but there is one that you should consider treating. But there is one big exception: Ingrown hair, the painful cousin to the harmless, yet pesky pimple. Ingrown hairs form when a hair follicle can't get past a clogged pore, making the hair curl back in, as seen here.