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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

How To Treat And Prevent Ingrown Toenails

by Clifton Davidson

Ingrown nails are a common problem, especially on the foot. When your toenail grows into the surrounding skin, it can be painful and annoying. You may find it difficult to touch the nail without pain, and it may even become tomato red. Anybody can get an ingrown nail, but not everybody knows how to deal with them to minimize pain. This guide will help you fight and prevent ingrown nails:

Treating Ingrown Toenails at Home

Most of the time, ingrown toenails are not such a big deal. They may be painful and annoying, but they generally are manageable. This is when ingrown nails are simple to treat at home.

Over-the-counter products are available to help you handle ingrown toenails at home. They work to soften your skin and to relieve inflammation. Tea tree oil and menthol are two options that work to soothe and soften. You may be able to move or clip the nail as necessary when it is soft enough.

Sometimes warm water is the key. Soak your feet in warm water and a teaspoon of salt for about 10 minutes before drying your feet. You can use sterile cotton to prop the toenail off the skin until it dries.

Prevent Ingrown Nails in the Future

There are also ways you can prevent ingrown toenails from occurring again in the future.If you are especially prone to ingrown nails, knowing how to prevent them is necessary, and taking some steps now can help to prevent this pain from occurring in the future.

Pay close attention to the nails you are clipping. Avoid clipping the nails too short, as this will only exacerbate the condition. It is also important that you do not shape the top of the nail into an oval or rounded shape. Instead, cut straight across to prevent the sides from emerging back into the skin.

Pay close attention to the shoes you wear. Tight shoes are more likely to cause ingrown toenails, whether you are wearing sandals or running shoes. Athletic socks can also help keep your toes in great shape.

When to Call the Doctor

At some point, it may be necessary to call the doctor to treat the condition. Sometimes, ingrown toenails become infected and require medical attention from a doctor. Signs of infection include redness, warmth, swelling, and intense pain. You may also begin to notice blisters filled with pus that may burst. Antibiotics and a variety of other treatments may help to relieve pain and infection.

Contact a clinic like Oregon Foot Clinic for more information and assistance.