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Remedies for Ingrown Toenails

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.

A foot with an ingrown toenail.
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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


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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November 20, 20150 found this helpful

I use a very small piece of cotton, soak it in oxygenated water, rub it till it becomes a fine line. Then I try to push it between the skin and nail. In this way it remains till I take it off myself. Really help

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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.


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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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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 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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August 22, 20160 found this helpful

This is the advice I was given by my doctor when I was a kid. Found out he was a M.A.S.H. doctor in WWII and Korea. This will tend to keep your nail from growing into the sides. Your surgeon was right on!

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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!


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


  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.

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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