WEDNESDAY WISDOM

INGROWN NAILS

With summer plans, vacations and cruises, I’m encountering more “INGROWN” toenails. If the nails are trimmed too short or shaped incorrectly, this may lead to ingrown nails. This can be quite painful. What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail, referred to as onychocryptosis, is when the corner or edge of the nail embeds in the surrounding skin. The nail has sharp edges and when the nail pierces the surrounding nail fold tissue it can begin to grow into the skin. One of the first signs that something is wrong may be feeling pain at the affected site. As the sharp edges embeds into the nailfolds, it can result in significant pain, redness of the surrounding skin, inflammation, and swelling. Leaving the embedded nail to persist can result in a granuloma, a heap of vascular tissue that occurs in response to trauma. It’s how the body attempts to stop the sharp object from piercing the skin. The granuloma might look like a growth overlying the area where the nail is embedded. This condition usually occurs on the feet but certain disorders can cause this to happen to the fingernails.

HOW TO REMOVE AND PREVENT

See your Licensed Nail Technologist. Shape-wise, square would be preferred to round, although squoval (square with a bit of filing on the edge) would be ok too. Also, it is important to not cut the nail too short as that will also make it more prone to embedding. Those who suffer from ingrowns should allow their toenails to be a bit longer than is typical…Sometimes a simple clipping of the embedded section will create immediate relief or you may need to see a doctor for relief.

HOME REGIMEN

  • Epsom salt soaks in cool water will help alleviate inflammation.
  • Wear shoes where the nail doesn’t make contact with the shoe. Open toed, well-fitting sandals are ideal in summer.
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen can help.
  • Keep the area clean and dry.
  • Do not try to dig into the nail fold with tools or to perform a home surgery.

To keep the look, get regular care by a professional Nail Technologist.

WEDNESDAY WISDOM

MORNING BIBLE MEDITATION


“My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.” Psalm 5:3

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Christianity is a love relationship. You cannot love someone that you do not know. And you cannot know someone that you don’t spend quality time with.

To know Jesus is to love Him.
To love Him is to trust Him.
To trust Him is to obey Him.
To obey Him is to be blessed.

It begins with a quality, daily communication with the Lord. Why is it best to spend time with the Lord in the morning? Because you are getting ready to go on a road trip through life. You don’t take the trip and then read the map, do you?

ACTION POINT:
How are you starting your mornings? With a cup of coffee and the paper? Or with the pure milk of the Word and the light of His presence?

~~Adrian Rogers(LWF)