How to Cut an Ingrown Toenail

Step by Step guide to remove an ingrown toenail

infected ingrown toenail, Beaver Pa

  1. Soften the nail by soaking in warm, not hot water

  2. Clean your nail clippers or scissors with a disinfectant.

  3. Normal nails are cut straight across, but for infected ingrown nail treatment you must trim down the side of the nail where it pierces the skin. This may be very painful.

  4. Do not place a piece of cotton between the ingrown nail and skin. you would have to leave it there for months to change the growth pattern and it adds pressure to the already inflamed area.

  5. Topical antibiotic ointment cream and a band-aid should then be applied until all the redness is gone, which may take a few weeks.

  6. You may remove the band-aid at night while sleeping to air it out. Soaking at night also helps, either in epsom salt water or apple cider vinegar.

  7. Wear shoes that don’t press on the sore area.

  8. when you make a worse mess of it, call a podiatrist

Common Causes of an Ingrown Toenail

The most common causes of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Genetic predisposition

  • Tight shoes

  • Improper cutting off toenails

  • Bumping or dropping something on the toe

  • Picking at the toenails

  • Sports like soccer or running


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