The scientific term for this problem is “onychocryptosis”, or in simpler terms “ow, ow, the pain!” When the nail becomes embedded in the soft tissue around it, no good can come of it. Inflammation starts in the soft tissue around the nail, which results in fairly intense pain and localised redness. Without treatment, the problem can become worse, and pus can start to form.
If we often know what caused the problem (ill-fitting shoes, cuts, a genetic predisposition, poorly cut nails, etc.), we don’t always know how to treat the problem when it starts, and these 6 remedies should give you some great leads. For more information, read our article on how to naturally heal an ingrown toenail.
1) Garlic: a natural antibiotic for infection and inflammation
Crush a clove of garlic with a pestle and mortar and apply the paste to your nail. Wrap it in a bandage and leave it to work overnight. Repeat until you start to get relief.
2) Onion juice: an antifungal, a calming antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory
3) Take an Epsom salts foot bath to relax your legs and prevent the nails from embedding themselves in the skin
Heat two litres of water, but make sure it doesn’t get too hot. Next add 60g of Epsom salts. Bathe your feet in this for a quarter of an hour. After the foot bath, dry your feet with care and cover them with socks.