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Reference Guide for an Ingrown Toenail
and How to Treat It


Ingrown toenail symptoms include:
• Pain and tenderness in your toe along one or both sides of the nail
• Redness around your toenail
• Swelling of your toe around the nail
• Infection of the tissue around your toenail


Common ingrown toenail causes include:
• Wearing shoes that crowd your toenails
• Cutting your toenails too short or not straight across
• Injuring your toenail
• Having unusually curved toenails

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you:
• Experience severe discomfort in your toe or pus or redness that seems to be spreading
• Have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet and you experience
any foot sore or infection

10 Simple Treatments for Ingrown Toenail

  1. Try a foot soak. Allow your sore toe to soak in a warm salt water bath for 15 minutes a couple of times every day. This soak can help relieve pain and swelling in an ingrown toenail. Dry your foot completely after each soak.
  2. Keep your foot dry except when soaking.
  3. Take an over-the-counter pain-relieving medication, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  4. Gently pull the skin away from the nail using a small nail file or other blunt device that won’t cut or hurt the toe.
  5. Stuff tiny pieces of clean, moist cotton between the ingrown toenail and the skin to help separate them and provide a little cushioning to the skin. You can soak the cotton in a bit of water or an antiseptic cleanser first.
  6. Rub your toe with antibiotic ointment to help reduce your chance of developing an infection
  7. Cover the sore toe with a Band-Aid or other bandage to offer a little extra padding and protection.
  8. Choose shoes that are easy on your toes. Shoes made of soft fabrics with a wide toe are a good choice — try wearing sandals if you can. Avoid shoes that pinch the toes or place pressure on the ingrown toenail.
  9. Inspect your toe carefully for signs of infection. Check every day for signs and symptoms like redness, increased pain, swelling, and drainage of pus.
  10. See a podiatrist if you see signs of infection, or if your ingrown toenail keeps coming back.

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