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What Are the Treatments for Ingrown Toe Nails?

by Eric Smith
  • Overview

    An ingrown toenail is a commonly occurring condition in which the side or corner of a toenail grows into the soft skin of that toe. The big toe is more likely to develop an ingrown nail than the other toes.
  • Symptoms

    Symptoms of an ingrown toenail may include tenderness and pain in the toe near the sides of the nail as well as redness and swelling around the nail, according to the Mayo Clinic. The tissue around the nail may become infected.
  • Home Remedies

    Milder cases of ingrown toenails may be treated at home by soaking the affected foot in warm water, using a non-prescription topical antibiotic ointment and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Open-toed shoes may reduce pressure on an ingrown nail and lessen toe pain.
  • Cotton Treatment

    A doctor may place cotton under the edge of a slightly ingrown toenail in order to separate the nail from the adjacent skin and get the nail to properly grow over the skin.
  • Partial Nail Removal

    Severe ingrown toenails may be medically treated by physician who surgically removes the portion of the nail that is ingrown.
  • Nail and Tissue Removal

    Recurring cases of ingrown toenails may require a doctor to remove the ingrown portion of the nail along with the underlying nail bed tissue.

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