YouTube is filled with videos of people doing gross things. Of course, you’re super familiar with pimple-popping videos and maybe you’ve even seen ingrown hair-removal videos. Now, there’s another nasty genre to check out: ingrown toenail-removal videos. As you can imagine, they’re as icky as they sound. The videos, some of which rack up nearly half a million views, all follow a similar theme: A person has an ingrown toenail, so they attempt to remove it on their own. And it is so, so gross.
|Dr. Melissa Lockwood
While for some it’s fun to be grossed out by this stuff, you really shouldn’t try this at home, says Melissa Lockwood, DPM, a podiatrist at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates in Bloomington, IL. If you have an ingrown toenail, don’t pick at it - it could cause an infection, she says. If it’s causing you pain, she recommends soaking your toe in warm water with Epsom salts for 10 minutes and then trying to gently pull the edge of the skin away from the nail. “Oftentimes what happens is the skin is taking over the nail area,” she explains. That may do the trick, but it might not.
Source: Korin Miller, Women's Health [10/27/17]
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