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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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November 14, 2010 Flag
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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.

By Mandy

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November 18, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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January 1, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

Special Note:

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!

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October 11, 2010 Flag
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I have found that Orajel works for ingrown toenail pain. Just squeeze a line of Orajel along the cuticle and let soak for 2 or 3 minutes and the pain is gone. Its worked for me and doesn't get painful again for days.

By soonergirl from Midwest City, OK

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January 12, 2013 Flag
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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?

By Donna

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January 15, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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June 15, 20160 found this helpful

I find dry cotton irritates my ingrown toenail, but wet cotton works wonders. I soak my foot daily and reapply the cotton.

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January 10, 2015 Flag
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What can I do to get relief from the pressure and pain of my ingrown toenail?

By Susan K.

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January 11, 20150 found this helpful

If you can't afford a doctor, here is a simple fix.

Take the end 1/4" of a toothpick and wedge it under the corner. It will hurt for a second or two, but it will take the pressure off and give you some room to medicate it.

Another thing that works is the end of a matchbook or a kernel of rice.

Hope that helps.

PBP

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January 11, 20150 found this helpful

There is an over the counter product that relieves the pain. it is called Dr. Scholls Ingrown Toenail pain reliever. I have used it and it works well.

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November 17, 2014 Flag
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I have this infected ingrown toenail for almost a month. I can barely walk or wear closed toe shoes. When it gets hit it hurts like crazy. I think the nail is growing underneath, but can't get the nail out, so that I can put a cotton under it. What can I do about it? I don't want a nail surgery either.

By Emily

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November 19, 20140 found this helpful

You can go to your family doctor or an emergency clinic but you HAVE to get to a doctor. There's no shortcuts here.

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November 19, 20140 found this helpful

I saw a doctor 30 years ago. He told me to strike a match and let it burn then blow it out. Then remove the black stuff between your fingers revealing now a pointed spear. Poke some cotton wool under the nail using this match. The next day apply more cotton, and so on until the nail gradually starts to rise. A week should do it. Don't remove the previous cotton, just keep applying more. Eventually it will rise enough to cut and remove.

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June 3, 2013 Flag
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I have found an easy way to get rid of ingrown toenails of using a few simple ingredients at home, and that will give quick relief!

Supplies:

  • Water
  • Epsom Salt
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Chili Powder
  • Bandaids

Steps:

  1. Fill a container or tub with water, making it as hot as you will be able to stand.
  2. While the water is still running, pour Epsom salt in until the water appears cloudy.
  3. Soak the infected foot in this water until the water is no longer warm.
  4. Once you remove your foot, make sure to dry it thoroughly.
  5. The skin should be very soft, so attempt to pull the infected skin away from the nail a little bit.
  6. Then, using the rubbing alcohol (or alcohol cloths if you prefer), cleanse the infected area and try to clean as deep down as you can.
  7. Now that the area is clean, pour a tablespoon of chili powder into a bowl and add just a couple of drops of water to form a chili paste.
  8. Apply the paste to the infected area and get it as deep down in there as you can. (Chili powder draws out the infection!).
  9. Leave the paste on there and wrap a bandaid around your toe. Leave it on over night and repeat the process each day until it has healed.
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December 4, 2014 Flag
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Ok, well to start I had an ingrown toenail for about 2-3 months maybe 4 and I went to the doctor and they told me to soak my foot in Epsom salt and warm water and she gave me pills. I did that, but I still have an ingrown toe nail. I have been looking for a cure that really works. I have gotten upset I can't wear just socks without a bandage. Please tell me the fastest way possible.

By Reese

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December 5, 20140 found this helpful

It is painful but lift the toe corner up and insert the small end of a toothpick, match or something that will hold it up. I have seen people do it with a grain of rice, too. It needs room to properly grow up and not down. When it's healed, make sure you trim your toenails straight across, never curved. Good luck.

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December 6, 20140 found this helpful

This worked for me - cut a v with toenail clippers in the centre of your toenail. Does not have to be deep, just a little v will do it also put a bit of cotton ball underneath the place where the toenail is ingrown. Advise given to me by a surgeon.

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September 17, 2013 Flag
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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 Sairam

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September 20, 20130 found this helpful

Try to find an ointment called "Unguetyn" at your pharmacy. It is something like an antiobiotic cream. It works everytime.

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September 22, 20130 found this helpful

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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July 14, 2011 Flag
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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.

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July 15, 20110 found this helpful

My girlfriend has ingrown toenails & she gets them taken care of by having a pedicure.

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July 23, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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April 30, 2014 Flag
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If I put curry powder, alcohol, or water on my ingrown toenail with a Band Aid will it draw out the infection? I am getting it out soon, just need help.

By Anna

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May 1, 20140 found this helpful

Try soaking it in a container of warm water with a cup of Epsom Salts in it. That will draw the infection. Curry etc. sounds like torture. Unless you need a bandage for comfort it is better to expose the toe to the air. Maybe you could wear a sandal or slipper. Soak it like this three times a day. If the infection isn't gone in 2 days see a Dr. Infection can travel and affect your whole body. Then you are in trouble. You can get drops at a drug store that toughen the skin and really help with the pain. I cant remember the name, but they work and have been around a long time. They are just for pain and irritation though, not the infection. Good luck!

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May 11, 2013 Flag
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I've had an ingrown toenail for 3 yrs. How can I get relief from it?

By Pankti

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June 15, 20130 found this helpful

Not something to mess with. Chiropodist your best bet. Most GPs will arrange.

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October 7, 2012 Flag
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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

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October 22, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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November 14, 2010 Flag
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How can I stop ingrown toenails?

By Linda from Eden, NC

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Remedies for an Ingrown Toenail

I don't know how to get rid of them once you have them (except going to a doctor). But I do know how to not get them in the first place. A doctor told me to cut my toenails so they are straight and not rounded at the ends. This little bit of extra toenail on the ends of the nail keeps the nail from getting ingrown under the skin. Ever since I started cutting my toenails straight to keep the ends a bit longer I have never had another ingrown nail! (03/18/2010)

By Cyinda

Remedies for an Ingrown Toenail

Here's what to do: take something to lift the ingrown nail corner ever so slightly. I use a metal file and then under your nail insert a small piece if cotton ball. If you cannot stand it, you have used too much cotton. When you get it so you can stand it, allow your toenail to grow out and away from your flesh. This may take some weeks. If this doesn't help you may need surgery. The toe boxes of your shoes are too narrow or short. Feel for your toes in your shoes, if your toes touch anything they're wrong.
(03/21/2010)

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