- Soak your feet in warm water. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a day.
- Place cotton or dental floss under your toenail. After each soaking, put fresh bits of cotton or waxed dental floss under the ingrown edge.
- Apply antibiotic cream.
- Choose sensible footwear.
- Take pain relievers.
Before visiting your doctor, you can try these at-home treatments:
- Soak your foot in warm water several times a day for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
- Put a piece of a cotton ball or dental floss under the ingrown edge of your toenail.
- Carefully clip off the ingrown edge of the toenail if possible.
Here are 10 common ingrown toenail remedies.
- Soak in warm, soapy water.
- Soak in apple cider vinegar.
- Pack the area with dental floss or cotton.
- Apply antibiotic ointment.
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Use a toe protector.
- Try a toe brace.
In some cases, you may need antibiotics along with warm soaks. If after 2 to 3 days of antibiotics the toenail doesn’t get better or gets worse, part of the nail may need to be removed to drain the infection. With treatment, it can take 1 to 2 weeks to clear up completely.
How do I stop my ingrown toenail from coming back?
Preventing ingrown toenails
- Avoid cutting nails too short and cutting unevenly at the corners. Cut straight across.
- Make sure your socks and shoes fit properly. You should be able to wiggle your toes easily in your shoes.
- Avoid trauma to the toe area.
Should you cut an ingrown toenail?
Share on Pinterest When cutting an ingrown toenail, it is advisable to cut straight across. If a toenail is at risk of becoming ingrown, people can try the following tips to prevent it: Trim the nails straight across. Avoid making them rounded or pointed.
How long does it take for an ingrown toenail to grow out?
It may take from seven to 15 days for the nail to grow out so that it does not poke into the skin any longer.
Can a pedicure fix an ingrown toenail?
You can still get a pedicure with an ingrown toenail. But just be aware that your nail technician can’t make the ingrown go away.