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.
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.
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
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.
I'm on board til we get to the part about chili powder. I think I'd opt for a dab of antibiotic creme instead. I'm jus' sayin'.
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 use a very small piece of cotton
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
What can I do to get relief from the pressure and pain of my ingrown toenail?
By Susan K.
Go to the doctor. They can do a simple procedure in the office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go to a podiatrist. They are medical doctors specializing in feet. The infection could cause you to lose a toe or worse. They can treat it.
You can go to your family doctor or an emergency clinic but you HAVE to get to a doctor. There's no shortcuts here.
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.