How To Fix Ingrown Toenail

I can provide some general guidance on how to manage an ingrown toenail, but please keep in mind that I am not a healthcare professional. If you’re experiencing severe pain or have an infection, it’s important to consult with a doctor or a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment. However, for minor cases, you can try the following steps at home:

  1. Soak your foot: Fill a basin with warm water and add a mild antiseptic solution if available. Soak your foot for about 15-20 minutes to soften the skin and reduce swelling.

  2. Gently lift the nail: After soaking, dry your foot and gently lift the ingrown nail using a clean cotton ball or dental floss. Carefully slide the cotton or floss under the edge of the ingrown nail to encourage it to grow in the right direction. This should provide some relief and help prevent further irritation.

  3. Apply an antibiotic ointment: To prevent infection, apply a small amount of over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to the affected area after lifting the nail. This can help keep the area clean and minimize the risk of infection.

  4. Protect with a bandage: Place a small sterile bandage or a small piece of sterile gauze between the nail and the skin. This can provide cushioning and reduce pressure on the affected area.

  5. Wear comfortable footwear: Choose shoes that provide ample room for your toes and avoid narrow or tight-fitting footwear. Wearing open-toe shoes or sandals can also help relieve pressure on the affected toe.

  6. Avoid trimming the nail too short: When cutting your toenails, be careful not to trim them too short or round the edges. Instead, cut them straight across to help prevent future ingrown toenails.

If your symptoms worsen, persist, or if you have signs of infection such as increased pain, redness, swelling, warmth, or discharge, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly. A healthcare professional can provide appropriate treatment options, which may include partial nail removal, antibiotics, or other interventions depending on the severity of your condition.