Added/Modified on December 24, 2014
A bunion is a physical deformity. It can cause an individual’s big toe to lean toward the other toes resulting in a bump on the outside of the big toe. Women wearing high heels and narrow-toed shoes are at a higher risk of developing a bunion. A bunion can cause severe pain if it is not treated in time. Various natural cures can be used for treating this deformity.
An individual can keep a few ice cubes in a plastic sandwich bag and warp the bag in a towel. This ice pack can be directly placed on the bunion to obtain relief from pain and swelling. It is important to remove the ice pack only after a period of 10 to 15 minutes. Use of this natural remedy 3 to 4 times in a day can provide effective results.
Red pepper can be used to alleviate the pain caused by a bunion. Red pepper contains capsaicin. This component can help in depleting the nerves of the compounds that cause pain. An individual can directly rub the juice extracted from red pepper on the affected area. It is advisable to wash the hands properly after applying red pepper.
Another natural remedy is castor oil. An individual can apply warm castor oil on the affected area. Castor oil can be applied with the use of a thin cotton cloth.
It is necessary to cover the area with a towel after the application to obtain best results. An individual can use castor oil as and when the need arises.
Calendula salve or tincture can be directly applied on the bunion. It is essential to apply calendula 2 to 3 times on a daily basis for a period of 7 days in order to obtain the desired results.
Chamomile is a highly beneficial natural remedy. The symptoms associated with a bunion can be cured with the consumption of chamomile tea. Cool tea bags of chamomile can also be placed on the affected area to cure pain and swelling.
Ginger juice mixed with hot water can be consumed on a frequent basis. Another option is to apply fresh grated ginger on the affected area. Ginger can provide relief from both pain and inflammation.
Clove contains eugenol. This compound can help in reducing the pain resulting from a bunion. An individual can put a few drops of clove oil on a sterile bandage and keep it on the affected area to obtain effective results. An ointment prepared by mixing crushed cloves with honey can also be rubbed.
An individual can keep his/her feet in a bucket of water containing epsom salt. This remedy can help in improving blood circulation to the foot which may help in reducing the swelling.
Another option is to crush aspirin tablets and dissolve them in a bucket of water. Soaking feet in this mixture can reduce the pain. It is essential to note that aspirin may result in skin irritation in some cases. Use of this remedy should be stopped in such situations.
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