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Posted on: May 6, 2019

Ingrown Hair and Toenails, OUCH!

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail grows into the soft flesh. Some of the symptoms of an ingrown toenail include redness, swelling and infection. Injuring your toenail, cutting your toenails too short and wearing shoes that are too small can cause an ingrown toenail. In many cases, ingrown toenails can be treated at home.

You can soak your feet in warm water. You should soak for 15 to 20 minutes. This can reduce pain and swelling. You can also use antibiotic cream. Additionally, you can put waxed dental floss underneath your ingrown toenail.

You have to be careful when you are getting nail treatments. Many people develop ingrown toenails after getting a pedicure. Make sure that your pedicurist is gentle with your foot.

An ingrown toenail can easily become infected. That is why if you have an ingrown toenail that will not heal on its own, then you will need to see a doctor.

What are Ingrown Hairs?

An ingrown hair is one that grows into the skin. It can cause tiny bumps and inflammation. People who shave are the most likely to get ingrown hairs. However, anyone who uses a hair removal product can develop ingrown hairs.

There are ingrown hair products that you can use. You should consult with your doctor. There are creams that you can use to reduce the inflammation. If you have a mild infection, then your doctor can prescribe antibiotics.

You may also want to make a trip to the day spa. You can get a facial, which will reduce the appearance of ingrown hairs. An esthetician can also educate you about the proper skin care products to use. A good skin care regimen can help reduce ingrown hairs.

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