Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!
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
Bless you! I have them all the time and you can't get Mercurochrome anymore. This will really help!
Thanks for this tip. I am going to try this right away. Dang toenails take FOREVER to heal!
Great useful tip idea!
I'm gonna try this until I can see my doctor on Tuesday!
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!
Wow! My husband is consistently bothered with flareups of an ingrown toenail on his big toe. We will try this technique. Thanks for sharing.
Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Mandy, have you visited your doctor about this? I know you say you're interested in home remedies, but you say that you've been fighting this for two years, and it has been infected for almost that entire time. It can't be good for your body to be fighting an infection for that long. Why not give your doctor a ring, and see if they can do something to help with the infection? I hope you find relief and feel better soon.
I agree with mrs.story that you should see a doctor for the infection. As for the ingrown toenail, pull a tiny piece of cotton from a cotton ball, then soak it in Campho-Phenique liquid. Use the tip of cuticle scissors to push it between the edge of the toenail and the skin. Change the cotton after your shower in the morning and before you go to bed at night. Do this daily until the toenail grows out past the nail pad. The first time you do it will be a little difficult, but after that it gets easier.
The cotton acts as a padding between the nail and the skin, and the Campho-Phenique is sort of a pain killer so it makes it feel better and also keeps it from getting infected.
Hi Mandy: First I have to say, please don't let an infection go untreated, it can lead to so much more than just an ingrown toenail!
That being said, one home remedy you may want to try is to soak the offending toe in vinegar. Yup. Vinegar is often used to prevent and cure toenail fungus infections. A nail fungus can't survive in an acid environment. The acidity of vinegar relieves the itchiness and repairs the PH balance that is necessary to combat fungi. Though various types of vinegar will treat a nail fungus, simple white vinegar works very well.
White vinegar can be poured into a basin, and cover the affected toe completely. This should be done for at least thirty minutes. Make sure you dry your foot completely after soaking in vinegar. Some people apply a vinegar soaked bandage to the toe that can be worn all day. You can also make a foot soak of Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide.
Vinegar has been very effective in many cases but it can take several months for the vinegar to completely cure a fungus infection (although it may feel like it is gone long before this). The key to treatment with vinegar is consistency. Good luck to you!
First, the stats of infections via nail/toe salons is huge and scary. Before you get to the amputate the toe stage--get to the doctor. A home remedy we keep for EVERYTHING is a bag of Epsom salts. Soaks toxins and poisons out. A soak a couple times a day to start with, then go to daily. Instructions on packages or google their website.
This is a product that has been used for decades--my great great grandmother kept it in the house. So we are talking the early 1900s. What went along with this growing up was a 'slab of carbolic' and a bandage. Early medical care was self reliant pretty much. With penicillin the basic antibiotic only, you did what you had to. There are books with poltices in. I have a nurse friend who uses them, grows the herbs specific for things like this.
You must make sure you don't have any kind of blood poisoning going on. And stay away from the salons with your feet. Their sterile environment is NOT THAT sterile.
Between your feet soaks, rinse the container with bleach water.
Step one....see the doctor. He may give you some antibiotics and I am sure he will recoment a daily soak in epsom salts. this is the best soak there is for anything. It creats an envienment where bacteris cannot thrive. Please see the doctor.
A nurse friend taught me this many years ago, and I've never had any more ingrown toenails. On all of your likely toes, meaning the big toe and the one next to it, file the top (not the end) down until the nail is hot pink, but not all the way through the nail. Once it starts to burn, you've gone too far. It should be in the center of the nail from side to side but closer to the end than the cuticle.
With every pedicure, check it out and make sure you're still filed off. The reason this works is that the nail thinks it is damaged, and the sides of the toenail grow up toward the center to heal the abrasion. Therefore, no more ingrown sides of your toe nail. Works like a charm for dozens of our friends and families.
2 Years! You absolutely need to see a podiatrist. Probably needs a small surgery and antibiotics.
You didn't mention whether you have nail fungus - a thickening, yellowing or misshaped nail. I have inherited ingrown toenails, too. It certainly cut into my walking attempts. But I've done better since I went to the podiatrist. I had the nail trimmed on the sides, and he used medicine to kill off the sides so they wouldn't grow back again. The toe then got infected, so he told me to soak it every day for 15 minutes in warm water and Epsom salts. That really eased the soreness and sped up the healing.
Also, he gave me a medicine called FungalFree to use every day to kill the fungus. It's finally working, though it has taken all year to start growing out healthy-looking. Much better than the herbal, vinegar, etc. remedies I'd tried in the past. As others have said, treat the infection first with antibiotics, and I don't mean over-the-counter creams. Once you have dealt with the fungus (if it's there) and the nail deformity and the infection, you will be comfortable once again, with no chance of losing the toe. My granddaughter ignored a great toe infection and the doctor told her he didn't know whether he could save the toe, but ultimately she did keep it. You've waited long enough. Best wishes!
If your toes have an infection get to a good podiatrist ASAP for help with that. The Podiatrist can cut out the ingrown toenail, and once it heals use Vick's every day.
For toenail fungus many people are helped by using Vick's Vapor Rub as a salve on the toe nails twice a day. It takes about a year to get rid of it but it's safe and cheap. Stay away from Salons. Most are full of germs.
I was bothered with an ingrown big-toe ingrown nail. Two VA doctors failed to correct the problem. The third one did. Good luck.
First you have got to see a doctor about the infection. When that's cleared up, you should cut your nails like this: cut a "v" shape into the center section of the nail. The edges then will grow towards the middle and not into the skin. I learned this from a doctor years ago and it always works.
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 had the same problem Donna the best way to get rid of a ingrown toenail is if you have one a foot spa it costs about 25-maybe at most 35$ or buy a 5$ bucket from family dollar fill it with warm water add ebson salt. Soak your foot for about 30 minutes every day morning and night after you soak it wrap in a bandaid and neospornen. In a week or so the warm water will have pulled the ingrown nail out far enough to pull out it worked for me. Hope that works.
I have had a lot of luck with a small piece of paper match book matches. It's more firm than cotton and usually stays in place. Also, you can get finger cots which are small covers that go over injured fingers and you can use the appropriate finger size for your toes. I hope that helps. PBP
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.
What can I do to get relief from the pressure and pain of my ingrown toenail?
By Susan K.
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.
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.
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.
I am assuming you can get to the toes so have someone help. You have to lift the nail up and stick in the end of a toothpick, qtip shaft, or even a piece of rice has worked. Lifting the nail from the skin gives the skin time to heal, and the nail can more easily be trimmed. In the future, keep the nail straight across and never pick them.
My grandson just had to have surgery on both big toenails, which included a very long needle right down the center of the top and one each on the knuckle.
Big strong strapping 22 year old and he cried like a baby and didn't care who heard.
This might sound graphic, but it's something a avoid in the future.
Try to find an ointment called "Unguetyn" at your pharmacy. It is something like an antiobiotic cream. It works everytime.
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.
If the pain isn't too sever yet, lift the edge of the toenail and insert something firm yet pliable. I have used a match book match, cut down after it's inserted. It's too hard to get under if you cut it down to 1/16" before hand. Once the nail is raised, use some Mercuroclear (Mercurochrome's replacement) to cleanse, and anesthetize the infected area. This always works for me. Also, don't cut the nail in a curve, always straight across. This helps a lot.
My girlfriend has ingrown toenails & she gets them taken care of by having a pedicure.
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.
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.
I've had an ingrown toenail for 3 yrs. How can I get relief from it?
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
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.
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
How can I stop ingrown toenails?
By Linda from Eden, NC
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)
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.
What home remedy can I use to get rid of an ingrown toe nail?
By Charmane from Oxon Hill, MD
First, soak your foot/toe in warm to hot water. Take a matchbook cover and tear the corner off. Pry the ingrown corner up a little (and this may/will hurt a bit, that's why you soak it first). Put the edge of the matchbook cover under the pried up toe part. Don't take it off for 2-4 days. This has worked for me. Also, I am really careful about trimming my nails, now. (12/19/2009)
Hydrogen Peroxide is a great way to clean things out. Then, soak it in hot salt water, to draw out any infections. And yes, a small toothpick end, or rolled up TP or cardboard is good as long as it keeps its shape and strength. Don't get it wet.
You can get something at the drug or department stores called "finger cots". It's basically little latex (beware of any allergies) fingertips that you roll down over an injured finger. The ones designed for the thumbs would work and on down to pinky size depending on what toe is infected.
Once it grows out some, keep the peroxide in it and pack it with salt when you can, after getting the toe area wet.
They are hard to get rid of, but keeping them cut straight across like the doc says will help.
Also Google the care you need and see if we are close to the mark. (12/20/2009)
I go right up to our local Knails place and have a pedicure done. She always gets mine out and for $15 it is worth it to me. (12/20/2009)
By Paula Jo
What can I do at home for ingrown toenails?
By Martha from Cleburne, TX
Cut a small pie shaped section in the middle of the toenail. The nail will pull out from the sides to grow the nail back as it was. It worked for my husband. (10/22/2009)
Cutting a V may work (this worked for me). As painful as it may be, you want to have an edge of a matchbook (or similar cardboard) under the ingrown nail. Put the foot in semi-hot water and after, use a nail file to raise the nail a little bit, enough to slide the edge of cardboard between the nail and the skin. It doesn't have to go far, just enough to keep the nail from cutting into the skin. Take away the nail file, leave the cardboard, pamper the foot and soak it with some Epsom salts in the water a couple times a day if you can. The cardboard keeps the nail from cutting into the skin. It worked, and I am very careful when cutting my nails, not. That was so painful. (11/03/2009)
I need some major help. I have an ingrown toenail that seems to be too far grown into the side of my toe. There is a noticeable bump on the side of my toe that hurts really bad. All methods that I have seen posted do not seem to be working.
Is there anything that I might be able to try from home without going to the Emergency Room and having them dig the toenail out? I have been there once and it was expensive with insurance and I currently do not have that. Thanks.
Zachary from Los Angeles
Best go see a podiatrist. I was married to one, and they are the only medical practitioner who seems to know how to take care of them. Sometimes they will extract the entire edge, if the the ingrowing is chronic (which occurs if the nail has become deformed, or the flesh is chronically inflamed). That should take care of it permanently. The toenail will look perfectly normal unless the proud flesh has created a permanent bump. In any case, it's a whole lot better than recurring suffering. That can become desperately painful. I know. Sometimes all they have to do is create a groove which the growing toenail then follows. They might do this by packing the edge with a bit of cotton until the nail grows out.
But if the nail has a fungal infection, it needs to be treated with an antifungal. Believe it or not, Vicks VapoRub has become the (home) remedy of choice for fungus nails. See Dr. Gott's column.
I myself have to occasionally treat a stubborn deformed nail, and I have found that an infection can be treated with a Domeboro soaks, and Vicks dressings. But you have to be sure that you get the offending nail "spike" that is penetrating the flesh out of the way. If you can't get to it yourself, then be sure to see a podiatrist.
I follow with the Domeboro soaks. The directions on the package say to throw out the soak solution, but we never did, and one can use it over and over again until the problem clears. (I have even taken a wash basin with me in the car to put my foot in while traveling.) Domeboro solution is a wonderful treatment to have at home for any kinds of infected skin, either wet dressings or soaking. It just draws out the infection. (01/16/2009)
I believe the product called OutGrow is now called NailCain. It works fantastically. (01/16/2009)
Get rid of the problem once and for all and you will never have to think about a remedy again. See a podiatrist that is willing to remove both sides of the toenail(a very narrow piece on each side). This is done with a laser in the Dr's office. Your nail will look a little bit narrower, but you can hardly even notice. Do not let the doctor remove the toenail. This hurts like crazy, and it will grow back. You will probably have more ingrown toenails and here you go again with the same old problem. Only do it if they are willing to do the laser and can assure you that it is a permanent fix.
My Dr. said there is only a very slim chance that it would grow into the side of my toe again, but if it did he would redo it for me. It never has caused me a problem. Anything else you do is not worth the pain, but this is. Get both feet done at the same time if you even think there is a possibility it will happen to the toe on the other foot. I had it done about 10 years ago and could kick myself for suffering off and on for all those years. Yes, many of these remedies are good, but only temporary. This is one of the best things I have done for myself. You will not regret it. (08/03/2009)
By Tiny Tina