If you have ever had an ingrown nail then you know that it can be extremely painful and can cause serious discomfort. An ingrown nail can become red and swollen and if the nail punctures the skin then bacteria could get in to the wound and lead to an infection. That and the fact that your teenage daughter will say “ewww”, you may want follow Roxbury FAC’s 3 ways to help prevent an ingrown nail:
1) Do not cut your nail too short. It may be tempting to cut your nails short so that you do not have to do it again any time soon. We understand that cutting your nails is not the most fun task of the day however it is less fun to have an ingrown nail. Here are some tips when cutting your nails:
- Clean your nails (after a bath or shower is a good time);
- Clean your nail clippers;
- And cut the nail straight across — do not curve around the nail.
2) Don’t wear shoes that are too tight. Shoes that are too tight can push the nail down in to the skin and cause the nail to grow in towards the toe. This is also the case with socks. Make sure your feet can breath and that it does not put pressure on the nail.
3) Wear protective gear. Repeatedly kicking something, like a soccer ball, can lead to the toe nail being pushed in to the skin. The same is true if you repeatedly hit your nail while working for example a hammer. Wearing protective footwear can deter some of the impact on your nails, which reduces the chances of having an ingrown nail.
If you feel like you do have an ingrown nail, we at Roxbury FAC are here to help.
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