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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. Any of the following can be added 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.
Treatment is not always required for an ingrown toenail. However treatment is recommended for some individuals. If you have diabetes, suffer from a compromised immune system or have a history of poor circulation, podiatric medical treatment is recommended 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
- 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.