Treating Painful Ingrown Toenails

November 21, 2019


What are Ingrown Toenails?


Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful, and they occur when the corner of your toenail curves and starts growing into the surrounding skin. It most often occurs on the big toe and causes pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling.

What causes Ingrown Toenails?

  • Injury to the toenail, such as stubbing your toe.

  • Wearing shoes that are too small, too tight, and don’t fit right.

  • Cutting toenails too short or at an angle when trimming.

How do you treat an Ingrown Toenail?


You should always treat an ingrown toenail as soon as you notice it to prevent infection. Home remedies can help for mild cases however, a more serious ingrown toenail will likely require a Podiatrist to help treat and stop infection.

Ingrown Toenail Home Remedies:

  • Soak in soapy warm water (recommended 20 minutes up to 3 times a day)

  • Use an antibiotic ointment (recommended apply 3 times daily and bandage after)

  • Wear comfortable socks & shoes (wear shoes and shoes that are not too tight around the toe area and shoes that leave space in the toe area of the shoe)

  • Try an over-the-counter pain medicine (take as recommended for pain and Tylenol is recommended)

  • Think about getting a toe protector or guard (they can protect and shield the toe skin from sharp nail)

When should you see a Doctor?


You may not think that something minor like an ingrown toenail could lead to serious complications, but for some this can happen very easily. It is even more critical to see your doctor if you have an ingrown toenail and if you also have diabetes or any other condition that can cause bad circulation.


Signs you should go to the Doctor:

  • Severe swelling, redness, and pain.

  • Warmth in the area of the ingrown toenail.

  • Odor or pus from the ingrown toenail.

  • You tried home remedies and they

    have not helped.

  • You tried home remedies and it made it worse.

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