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Ingrown Toenails- Treatments At Home Or Doctor's Office

Updated on September 10, 2015

If the corner of your toenail is growing into the side of your toe you have an ingrown toenail. You may notice swelling, redness, and pain. Most ingrown toenails occur in the big-toe.
If you have every had an ingrown toenail you know how very painful it can be. However, it must be said that the pain can be different and intensity can vary with each one. So do you want to treat it yourself at home if possible?

When you have an ingrown toenail soaking it in warm water. This water should have salts in it as well. Soak your toe at least twice everyday. This process will soften the toenail and take the swelling down at the same time. You want to be sure that your toe does not become infected so be sure when you are finished soaking that you dry the toe well. Then, swab the toe with iodine or peroxide to reduce the chances of infection. You will want to gently lift the toenail a bit. Place a piece of cotton under the toenail. Again you want to treat the toe to prevent infection. Apply triple antibiotic ointment to the area.

You will need to do this procedure more than one time. Continue to do this everyday until the ingrown toenail has grown away from the skin. In addition it is mandatory that you make sure that your feet are kept clean. Be sure to replace the cotton once a day. Twice a day is better. If you find that this method is too painful then it is time to see your doctor. An ingrown toenail is a condition that must be corrected as infection can spread to the bones of the foot. This is a serious issue. If you have a fever and chills, this is an indication that not only do you have an infection, you have a serious condition.

If you have diabetes, or any condition that causes you to have poor circulation in your feet, you should see your doctor. When any condition such as this is present an ingrown toenail is something that should not be taken lightly. Any kind of injury in the foot or toes may not be able to heal as it should. This means that infection is a much higher risk.

In server cases a removal of the toenail may be necessary. This is something that you should not attempt at home. It is difficult to do this properly and this in more cases than not will result in the repeat of ingrown toenails as well as other problems.


Prevention of ingrown toenails is something to keep in mind. The wearing of shoes that are too tight can cause an ingrown toenail. When selecting your shoes, think more about the fit than the latest styles. Shoes should be comfortable and have sufficient room to be able to move your toes around freely.

When trimming your toenails, do so carefully. The toenail should be cut straight across and not at angles. Some say that if you cut your toenail so that the middle of the nail is in the shape of a "V" it will reduce ingrown toenails. However this is a myth and can actually increase chances of the occurrence.


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