Many people have experienced having an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails can become infected, causing a lot of pain. This page contains remedies for ingrown toenails.
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I need some help! I have had an ingrown toenail for two years. It has been infected for almost the whole time. I would say it has swollen to about 2 cm in diameter. It hurts like the dickens when I run. I have taken it to a nail salon and it'll work for two months then will comeback. I need a monthly routine to help fix my toe. Please help! I am interested preferably in home remedies.
Painless remedy, it's true. Having just recovered from an ingrown toenail. I have some great information for anyone suffering from this painful problem. First, my toenail on my left foot (Big Toe) was the problem. The nail was growing into the toe because I did not properly cut the toenail. By the time I "dealt" with it, the pain was incredible and I could not walk or bump it in anyway without incredible pain. I read on the internet about someone who went to Walmart and purchased some medication that really helped them. I wasn't sure if it would work for me, but needed to try. At Walmart, I found Dr. Scholl's Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever ($9).
I began treatment and within one and a half days. I was able to cut the nail at a slight angle and pull it out of my toe, painlessly! The first day, the pain was still there, but kept the treatment going (twice a day application). The medication has a numbing medication that not only numbs the area but softens the nail enough so that when you pull it out of your toe, no pain. It was amazing.
Having just been in incredible pain and then to have it gone so quick was great.
Make sure you soak the foot first in warm water and Betadine ($12) to help cleanse and disinfect the area. Dry thoroughly and then apply the medication according to the instructions on the box.
I also bought some diabetes medical socks that helped to relieve the pressure of normal socks during the first day ($6). Everything you can get is at Walmart. I am on my third day after treatment and my toe is a little sore, as it was infected, but the medication is still working it's magic on the area for pain, so the pain is so minimal. Try it.
Many, many thanks to the person who posted the Walmart medication idea that led me to this incredible remedy! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it!
By Pam Griffis11/18/2010
My husband recently had an ingrown toenail that kept coming back. (He got his from stubbing his big toe one night. He actually fractured it.) The podiatrist had to kill the nail bed in that area. A little painful but a quick, permanent fix. You really need to see one, for they will also give you a script for an antibiotic to clear up the infection. Infections can spread and become life threatening. (I lost the bone in the tip of my thumb due to an infection.) Once you've gotten rid of the ingrown, be sure to trim your nails straight across and don't cut them too short. Make sure your shoes aren't too tight in the toe area.
First, there is a HUGE difference between an ingrown toenail and an INFECTED ingrown toenail. The former is often inherited and usually only bothersome with the potential to become infected, while the latter is health or life threatening.
Second, you need to visit a doctor to verify the difference who can, if necessary, offer some type of antibiotic prescription to tackle an infection. I've read of many claiming that they can do home remedy infections, but if you've not been able to do so in over two years, you are WAY overdue in consulting a medical professional in person.
I'm a big fan of home remedies - and learned many from my father who was a Registered Pharmacist - but there are times when we need the help of modern science and medicine.
If you find out that it is not infected, a home remedy that helps to relieve the pressure of the nail and train it to grow more "normally" is really quite simple. It ain't pretty at first, but it has helped my genetically given, non infected, ingrown big toenails look and feel better with time.
Clip a tiny "V" shape in the middle of the toenail above "the quick" i.e.; don't cut into the skin. This allows the nail an opportunity to grow towards the center, rather than towards the edges, and helps relieve the pressure in the process.
Good luck, but please don't continue to let an infection go untreated.
I am looking for a remedy for an ingrown toenail. Can't I just cut the toe off and be done with it?
By John from St. Louis, MO
By Sheilah Link10/22/2012
After your bath or shower when the nail is still soft, put a tiny piece of cotton under the ingrown part. Don't use too much the first time. This will hold the nail up as it dries. You must keep doing this until the nail is above the side of the toe. It is surprising how little cotton it will take to bring comfort, but it may take a couple of applications until the nail is high enough and you will have to do is periodically to keep the nail from ingrowing again. Hope this helps.
What do you do to get rid of an ingrown toenail? I don't want to go to the doctor as I know it will be expensive.
By Jeanette B.
This is an addition to the good advice given by "Poor But Proud" (lifting the ingrown part) but instead of cutting straight, cut with a "V" shape in the middle. Nails have the tendency to grow towards the empty area. Thsi was advice from my doctor years ago and has worked well for me and friends.
I have been putting a very small piece of cotton under an ingrown toenail, but it keeps coming out.
Any tricks to keeping it there?
I don't have much experience with ingrown toenails. Doctor told me to let them grow out, then cut straight across. That way it doesn't have a chance to ingrow.
Cotton is a fiberous material and tends to stay together. Make sure you have separated it completely by using tiny tiny pieces. Plus keeping it covered like the other response is an excellent way to keep it where it belongs. All the ideas I saw were good. Just adapt whatever works for you best.
I've had an ingrown toenail for 3 yrs. How can I get relief from it?
By Julia T.06/15/2013
Not something to mess with. Chiropodist your best bet. Most GPs will arrange.
I had an ingrown toe nail. Then went to my pcp she gave me antibiotics like cephalaxin for ten days. As it did not heal, she gave me augmentin. As I am pregnant and in my second trimester I don't want a nail surgery. Now the pain has gone, but there is swelling in the edge, and it pains if I touch the part. Kindly help.
By Clarice Danialle M.09/22/2013
Cut a V in the middle of the toenail. Lift the outside corners and put a tiny bit of cotton under the nail on both sides. By cutting the V in the nail it will grow inwardly instead of out at the corners. When the V has grown out enough trim your nail straight across, never rounded on the corners.
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I recently got an ingrown toenail. It's not pussing, its just swollen, sore and red. What should I do? I'm soaking it often, and know that I might have to go to the doctor, but I'm not sure if I could do anything before hand. Thanks,
By Katie A.
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By Barbara N
As others posted in various ways, the first step is to clean the area and disinfect it (reducing the swelling). The next step, as others suggested is to find a way to soften the nail as to make it more pliable. Methods of "raising" the nail that I've used:
Prop the nail by inserting cotton underneath the corner of the ingrown toenail. This is awkward but very relieving. Once you "raise" a nail, you will notice relief from the pressure immediately (unless the infection is still rampant). By then the concept of the cotton will overcome its awkwardness.
Always cut away dead skin around the nail area. The buildup of dead skins encourages ingrown nails. Never, never trim your nails short. Cut only STRAIGHT across. I always leave my nails a little long for necessary treatments. More nail means more leverage when pulling up the nail. Soak and treat frequently to avoid further problems. Take care of your feet and they'll take care of you Happy pedicuring! (08/18/2005)
By Rey M.
By john s
How do I get rid of my ingrown toenail at home? I have it on both big toes and on both edges. Help me!
Maxine from Sydney
I have this same problem. I always have ingrowns no matter what shoes I wear or how I trim my nails - I just have a problem with my nails. The first thing: Do not cut it out. For months I let them cut the ingrown nail out at the nail salon and they were only getting worse. My toes were swollen and pussy.
When I went to the doctor because it was so bad he explained that when you cut it out you are still leaving it there whether you realize it or not and it is not healing on its own. He told me to let it grow out. It takes about 2 or 3 months. I was supposed to soak every day in Epsom salts for at least 10 minutes. Then put on Neosporin. I also was supposed to be careful about trimming my nails.
He said not to cut them so often and not to bother with cutting the corners on angle, that does not help. He also said not to stick anything under the nails because it will just be more painful. The Vicks does not work. I think you are just wasting your time with most of the above. This is a serious issue - you walk on your feet every day. Give them the care they deserve! Since I have been doing this the amount of ingrowns I have has gone majorly down.
In the last year I have had only 2. Last year when I went to the doctor - in one visit I had over 3. Major change. If you really want to file your nails down nicely there is a Ingrown nail file by Sally Hansen. I have tried it and it does work. You just have to be careful and not push it. Good luck. (11/06/2008)
I used to have ingrown toenails all the time when I was a child, as did my sister. We soaked our toes every night and stuffed cotton under the nail. They were always very sore.
The last time I had an ingrown toenail, I had that part of the toenail removed by a doctor and it has not grown back. One of the things I now do is to make sure that I cut my toenails straight across. Absolutely, under no circumstance do you angle the nail into the skin.
Be sure to wear shoes that are wide enough at the toes so that they are not cramped into each other.
Sometimes an ingrown toenail is caused actually from the nail having a sort of "hook" into the skin at the sides of the nail (further back on the toe) rather than getting caught in the skin at the end of the toe. Hence the reason to make sure your toes have enough room in your shoes. (11/07/2008)
I have literally found the cure for ingrown toenails. Place sterile cotton (soaked in peroxide) under your toenail. It does not hurt at all. Change daily and it will be fine on the 3-4 day. Worked wonderfully for mine which was oozing (gross!) and swollen and a purplish-red color.
Some people say roll it up into a thread but it didn't work for me because it was too late, but this did! Also putting lemon juice works well. (11/22/2008)
An ingrown nail is just an infection of the skin at the nail (look up Paronychia). It may be caused by the nail damaging the skin, but it's just a bacterial infection. Keep the toe cleaned 2-4 times a day with anti-bacterial soap and water, removing any puss or scabs that have formed, clean or scrape under the nail, too. Coat the infected area with triple antibiotic ointment - including under the nail. Pack the toenail up with piece of cotton or a small piece of rolled up white tissue - coat nail and packing with ointment again.
Take three to four L-Lysine tablets every 8 hours until the swelling/infection is gone. L-Lysine can be found "over the counter" where the vitamins are kept, it helps promote healing.
I suffered with ingrown nails for years until I started this routine. The skin healed and the problem never re-occurred. Stay away from semi-sweet chocolate chips, my infections always seemed to linked to them. No matter what the Dr. above says, trimming a "V" in the toenail does help prevent an ingrown nail infection. It keeps pressure off the center of the nail from shoes etc, and keeps the corners of the nail from digging in and damaging the skin.
Allow the toe nail to grow out over the skin in the corners. Don't trim back the corners. Re-start treatment at any sign of swelling/soreness. (11/25/2008)
I need some major help. I have an ingrown toenail that seems to be too far grown into the side of my toe.
What home remedy can I use to get rid of an ingrown toe nail?