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How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Toenail Pain

Updated on August 13, 2016

The Proper Cutting Tool

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Press Down Slicing Gently From Right To Left Through The Nail

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Breath A Sigh Of Relief


The ingrown toenail can be a hassling pain on any toe especially the big ones. The nail grows deep into the corner of the toe and becomes a major nuisance. If this happens then I suggest the “do it yourself” attitude. You would want to do it yourself because, only you will feel how deep to cut into the nail before cutting too deep. Even if someone volunteers to do it for you, they can’t feel the pain for you. So, with a very sharp razor, it is best to use the utility razor-tool to cut or splice the nail out of the corner if the ingrown nail is on either the big left or big right toe. I don’t recommend taking pain or any medication to relieve pain for an ingrown toenail and the longer that the nail is left uncut the worse the pain will get because the nail will grow longer and therefore, deeper into the corner of the skin. There’s no need to prolong it once the pain is first felt. The ingrown toenails of the big toes receive the most pain of all the toes because they are more difficult to cut into. I find it easier to cut when the skin and the nail is crusty, ashy, dry. It makes the cutting more brisk and precise to just get it over with.

Pressing The Razor Down Gently Splicing The Nail

If the big toe is on the left foot, take the left hand and hold the toe if the nail is on the left side of the toe. On a slant, gently cut pressing down and through the nail from right to left toward the point of the end of the ingrown nail and as necessary placing the razor edge over enough to slide it backward to plot the nail. Instant relief will begin afterwards. Even when the nails are so called, properly cut and filed, the ingrowing of the nails cannot be avoided unless cut off before they grow in too far.You will not need to be concerned about the ingrown nail probably for two or three months until the nail grows back into the skin again, then the cutting process can be repeated again. You may choose to go to a doctor or other professional if you can’t find the nerve to do it yourself but remember, it is less of a pain risk if you do it yourself.

A Method That Works

I've been using this method ever since it first happened years ago except in within the last year I started using the utliity razor tool. It's best to use a new hard and sharp razor for every separate time. The razors along with utility tool can be purchased at any hardware store. The thin razors .may not do the job properly.

Cleaning It Up

After the ingrown toenail has been removed scrape out the excess chips of the nail until the corner is clear and smoothed out. Now that the ingrown particles are removed the the foot is ready for your very own semi professional pedicure. After that the entire foot can be oiled or lotion may be applied for more relief and comfort. Don't ignore the pain when it comes. Guys, you can do it!

DIY Mani and Pedi-Kit

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With Patience It Can Be Done Correctly

it takes great patience to position yourself with good vision to cut into the corner where the nail protrudes into the skin and cutting it off the first time. If you cut and leave some of the nail in the corner then you'll need to wait another two weeks or so, until the nail grows back in order to cut it again. In the meantime, the nail may become more ingrown to the corner of the skin and will need to pry it out even more as well.

No Longer Ingrown Nails

So far, after seven months or so I do not have anymore ingrown nails. Perhaps, after three or four times of cutting out the rood of the ingrown nail from each big toe, they have not grown any more. That was a miracle that I had never expected.When I used to use the blade to cut the root, clean out the area very well and greased my toes often then it seems that the root quit growing the nail into the side of my toe skin. I am so elated now a days. What a way to be led by The Holy Spirit to cut out the ingrown nail part every time it grew in. Hallelujah!

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      Besarien 16 months ago

      Hi word55! Whilst at-home self-surgery is not for everybody, thanks for sharing tips from your own experience with the rest of us who for one reason or other will be willing to go there or might have to some day. Also, cutting away at your own toenail should give you some hardcore DIY cred. So kudos to you. sir iron knight of the extreme pedicure!

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      Word 19 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan for wanting to passing this idea on to your relative.

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      Word 19 months ago from Chicago

      Hey Jodah, I like your take here. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Word 19 months ago from Chicago

      Hey Ronald Jay, that's the way to think. You'll never know when you may need this method to get the job done.

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      Word 19 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you peachpurple, if that you use is enough to get the job done then keep on keeping on

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      Audrey Hunt 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Being diabetic, my doctor recommends I have my toenails maintained by a professional. But if my dad were alive, he'd sure go for your treatment. He was a DIY man long before it became popular. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Fortunately I do not have the problem of ingrown nails but one of my relatives has and this is too painful for her. I will pass it on to her.

      Thank you for sharing this helpful hub!

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      John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sounds like good advice Al, as long as the blade is sterile. I have had ingrown toenails before and it isn't pleasant.

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      No problem ever for this--I'm going to FAV this as one never knows when one will need this information. Well.done.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      very useful

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hey sujayavenkatesh, It definitely works for me. In fact, I used to need to cut every 2 months but now its been about 4 months since the last time I did it. The nails are not growing as often into the skin as they used to. That's a great relief. Thanks for your comment.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      seems like a good suggestion

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      ouch! I usually use the nail clippers to do the job

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Shyron, You are blessed to not have in grown nails.Be blessed my sister. Al

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I have never had an ingrown toenail, but I will remember this information should I need it.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Ignugent17, if done as carefully there will be no blood. Thanks 4 the comment.

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      I am really scared of blood and I think I don't have problem with my toenails just like MsDora. But I will keep this hub in mind in case somebody will ask me about this problem.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Well teaches, I appreciate your comment. I didn't expect it but I accept it. Apparently you don't experience this periodic problem and I'm glad you don't. So, consider yourself extra blessed. -:)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am not so brave to follow your detailed instruction. I'll let the doctor do it if I ever need the help. Interesting topic and useful.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you DDE, I had to share this because an ingrown toenail can cause an excruciating pain. Thanks for the vote up too!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very helpful hub on ingrown toenails. the well-informed hub is most useful shared with valuable tips and I vote up!

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for stopping by Lisa and leaving a comment.

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      LisaKeating 3 years ago

      I appreciate that you did not put several distasteful pictures in your hub, but sure enough they show at bottom as other choices. Nice, encouraging tone and detailed instructions.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Suzanne, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You're right that the nail must not grow too deep. -:)

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I use toenail clippers and peel back the skin from the side of the nail and cut the nail off dramatically. But it does hurt and you have to catch it before it gets too overgrown. Voted useful.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you MsDora for stopping by and commenting. That's another less problem for you to deal with. -:)

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Just grateful that I do not have this problem. Your advice doesn't sound like something I can do. Hope other readers find it useful. thanks, on their behalf.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Well ok AU fait, let's see what your method is. I'm interested. Mine isn't that easy but it takes a good mood and quite a bit of patience to accomplish it. Thank you for stopping by. -:)

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I have a different method I've been using since I was about 7 years old, but yours looks interesting . . .