Home Remedies for Treating an Ingrown Toenail
There are some things you can do at home to help relieve the symptoms of an painful ingrown toenail. Ingrown Toenail Treatment Home can help until you can get into our office!
Soak your foot in lukewarm a water mixture for 15 to 20 minutes. Add any of the following to the water to help with the healing.
- one part white vinegar for every four parts water;
- Clorox type bleach with 1/3 teaspoon of Clorox in one gallon of water.
- two tablespoons Epsom salts per quart of water;
Apply a gentle massage to the affected skin area while soaking. Start at the base of the toe and work your way downward.
Additionally, you may want to:
- Elevate the foot and leg while resting.
- Take an oral Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for example aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Use antibacterial ointments on the ingrown side of the nail.
- When trimming your toenails, cut straight across the top without cutting a curve into the corners or cutting them too short.
- You may be able to carefully pull back the overgrown skin at the affected nail edge. This might allow you to use a small piece of cotton or dental floss in order to lift the embedded edge of the toenail out of the skin and alleviate the pressure.
If treated properly the nail should eventually grow out by itself. However, if your symptoms persist, we recommend seeking treatment from a medical professional or a podiatrist.
An ingrown toenail does not always require treatment. However, some individuals we highly recommend it. If you have diabetes, suffer from a compromised immune system or have a history of poor circulation, we recommend podiatric medical treatment right away, even if the symptoms appear to be mild. If you have unsuccessfully tried home remedies for over a week, if you are in continual pain and/or your toes shows signs of infection, you should seek the care of a podiatrist or physician for ingrown toenail treatment. Look for the following as common signs of infection
Fungus thickened nails exacerbate ingrown nails by increasing the pressure to the border. We can also treat your fungus nail to get at the real cause.
- Bad smell,
- Red streaking (redness spreading from the toe to middle of the foot),
- and/or yellow, green, or white and purulent (containing pus) drainage from the site.
These symptoms may present alone or in combination with one another. Either way, it is important that you seek medical help for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment Home Remedies
If you catch an ingrown toenail early, there a several easy in home remedies that can stop the problem in its tracks. In home remedies may be able to ward off an infection and prevent the need for surgery.
- Soaking your foot in lukewarm water for 10 to 15 minutes, four times a day can soften the skin and the nail, easing the pressure on the wound. While sometimes found to be helpful, you do not necessarily need to add antibacterial soap, Epsom salts, bleach or other antibacterial agents to the water if you don’t have them or are unsure how to use them.
- Make sure to thoroughly wash your foot, especially the problem area, two times a day with soapy water. Take care to keep the foot dry and clean for the remainder of the day.
- Don’t wear ill fitting shoes. Shoes that are both too tight or too loose can further irritate an ingrown toenail. High heel shoes are also off limits. If possible, consider wearing sandals until the problem returns to normal.
Home surgery usually turns out bad.
- Some home remedies are a bit more daring however they do provide notable relief. Using a clean instrument like tweezers, try lifting up the edge of the nail that is cutting into the skin. Next, taking a small piece of cotton or gauze form a small roll or wick by rolling it between your fingers. Carefully use the wick to separate the nail and the skin. This procedure may be painful but the most important aspect of home remedies is to keep the nail elevated out of the skin. After each of your four daily soakings, gently try to slide the roll a little deeper in. Remove the roll every day and replace it with a new one. It might take one to two weeks for the nail to grow enough that it no longer cuts into the skin.