Ingrown Toenail Remedies
Ingrown toenails are quite painful but there are some ingrown toenail remedies to help ease the pain and some ways to avoid getting an ingrown toenail. A nail infection such as an ingrown toenail, can lead to serious problems if not treated. Because infections are especially dangerous for diabetics and those with vascular disease, they should consult a doctor if they develop an ingrown toenail.
People who don’t have circulatory problems, however, can try these ingrown toenail remedies for fast relief.
- Soak the toe in warm water – To relieve pain, soak the foot with the ingrown toenail in warm water mixed with a tablespoon or two of Epsom salts. Do this for 10 minutes, twice a day.
- Use Domeboro Solution – Domeboro, or Burow’s Solution, is an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory solution available at most pharmacies and doesn’t require a prescription. Soak once a day, preferably in the evening, for 20 minutes to help reduce inflammation.
- Use antibiotic ointment – Apply Neosporin or other antibiotic ointment to prevent infection of the ingrown toenail.
- Cut straight – Cut the nails straight across. Improper cutting is a cause of ingrown toenails. When cut at a curve, the edge of the nail curves down into the skin, often resulting in an ingrown toenail.
- Use dental floss – Slide unwaxed dental floss between your toenail and skin to help relieve the pain.
- Buy well-fitting shoes – Shoes that are too tight around the toes can cause ingrown toenails.
- Don’t cut the nails too short – Cutting nails too short pushes skin in the front of the toenail whenever there is pressure, as from standing. When the nail starts to grow out, it gets imbedded in the skin.
- Keep feet dry – Keep feet as dry as possible, as moisture makes the skin softer and easier for the nail to become imbedded in the skin.
- Wear sandals – If the weather is warm, wear sandals. The open air environment allows for faster healing.
- Avoid hurting your toes – Stubbing a toe or dropping something on a toe can cause an ingrown toenail.
- Use a pumice stone – Use a pumice stone to remove dead skin, rather than a metal instrument.
- Soak with Betadine – Soak the foot with the infected toenail in Betadine to disinfect.
- Try Dr. Scholl’s – Dr. Scholl’s Ingrown Toenail Remedy can be purchased at drug and discount stores. Follow the directions on the package.
- Wear diabetic socks – Diabetic socks are loose and take the pressure off of a painful ingrown toenail
- Apply Vicks VapoRub - Applied daily, Vicks VapoRub can cure an ingrown toenail.
- Make a “V” - Clip a small “V” in the center of the toenail to train the toenail to grow towards the center rather than the sides. Be sure not to cut into the quick of the nail.
- Use Campho Phenique – Soak a cotton ball in Campho Phenique and apply a small piece between the skin and toenail. Change the cotton twice daily.
If you are a diabetic or have any type of circulatory problems, see a doctor for an ingrown toenail. If not, try these ingrown toenail remedies, but if the problem gets worse or the toenail becomes infected, make a visit to your physician.