Toenails grow at a rate of about one millimeter per month, about half the rate at which fingernails grow. At that rate, it can take as long as 18 months for a toenail to completely grow out. This is likely the reason why most people do not trim them regularly.
It’s harder with kids!
The fact is, most hygiene routines need to be done much more frequently than toenail trimming. Especially with kids, who often don’t like to sit still for the necessarily more frequent routines such as dressing, brushing teeth and combing hair, it can be easy to let the toenails slide.
Easy as it can be to forget, ignoring children’s toenails is a bad idea. When their toenails get too long, children may begin to pick at them. The toenail can be torn, leaving jagged edges that have increased chance of digging into the skin. Ouch! This vcan also happen if the nail is cut too short, perhaps if the child tends to squirm. Ingrown toenails can be painful and can even become infected.
You’ll know it when you see it.
It’s very easy to identify an ingrown toenail. The end of the toe may be red and tender to touch. In severe cases, there may yellow or white pus and some people may even develop fevers.
You need relief right away.
Fast relief can often be obtained with an Epsom salt foot soak. Epsom salts help relieve swelling and discomfort until you can get to see a podiatrist. Keep in mind that Epsom salt is a short term fix. It does not treat the problem of the toenail digging into the skin.
The podiatrist in Austin can help.Anyone who has ever had an ingrown toenail knows that it is no laughing matter. It may be time to have that toe seen by a podiatrist. A podiatrist can use anesthesia to numb the toe and then can cut the toenail to relieve pressure and help it grow back properly. While at it, the podiatrist can drain any pus from the toe. In severe circumstances, the podiatrist may remove the toenail entirely. The great podiatrist like Dr. Jeffrey W. Lamour will finish with advice on how to care for your toenails in the future so that you can avoid recurring issues.