5 Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails 

Aug 16, 2023

Ingrown toenails can be a painful and bothersome condition that affects many individuals. If you’ve ever experienced the discomfort of an ingrown toenail, you know how it can impact your daily activities. At Michigan Foot and Ankle Specialist, we understand the importance of finding relief from ingrown toenails. While some cases may require professional attention, several effective home remedies can provide comfort and alleviate symptoms. Let’s explore what ingrown toenails are, their symptoms, causes, and five home remedies that could work for you.

What are Ingrown Toenails?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, usually on the sides of the nail. This condition most commonly affects the big toe but can occur on any toe. Ingrown toenails can be uncomfortable and lead to redness, swelling, and pain. In severe cases, they may cause infection and require medical attention.

ingrown toenails on bth sides of big toe

Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails:

Soaking in Warm Soapy Water:

Soaking the affected foot in warm soapy water for 15-20 minutes, three to four times a day can help reduce inflammation and soften the surrounding skin. This can make it easier to gently lift the ingrown edge of the nail and place a small piece of cotton or dental floss underneath to encourage the nail to grow above the skin.

To perform a warm soapy water soak:

  • Fill a basin or tub with warm water.
  • Add a mild soap to the water.
  • Soak your affected foot in warm water for 15-20 minutes.
  • Gently pat your foot dry after soaking.

Soak in Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar has natural antibacterial properties that can help prevent infection.

To perform an apple cider vinegar soak:

  • Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts warm water in a basin.
  • Soak your affected foot in the solution for 15-20 minutes.
  • Gently pat your foot dry after soaking.

Antiseptic Ointment:

After soaking the foot, apply an antiseptic ointment to the affected area. This can help prevent infection and promote healing.

Epsom Salt Soak:

Epsom salt has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain and swelling. This can be done two to three times a day.

To perform an Epsom salt soak:

  • Dissolve 1-2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in warm water in a basin or tub.
  • Soak your infected foot in the Epsom salt solution for 15-20 minutes.
  • Gently pat your foot dry after soaking.

Proper Footwear and Nail Care:

Wear comfortable shoes that provide enough room for your toes to move freely. Avoid wearing tight-fitting or pointed shoes that can worsen ingrown toenails.

To ensure proper nail care:

  • Use clean, sharp nail clippers to trim your toenails.
  • Trim your toenails straight across, avoiding curved or pointed edges.
  • Leave a small margin of the nail beyond the nail bed to prevent the nail from growing into the skin.
  • Avoid digging or cutting into the corners of the nail.
ingrown on bed

When Is It Time to Schedule an Appointment with Us?

While home remedies can be helpful for mild cases, it’s essential to seek professional podiatric care if:

  • The ingrown toenail is severe or recurrent.
  • The toe is showing signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge of pus.
  • The pain is severe and affects your daily activities.
  • You have diabetes or circulation issues, as ingrown toenails can pose more significant risks for individuals with these conditions.

At Michigan Foot and Ankle Specialist, our experienced podiatrists are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for ingrown toenails. We can assess the severity of your condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment, which may include nail trimming, nail avulsion, or antibiotics for infection.

Ingrown toenails can significantly impact your daily life, but effective home remedies can provide relief for mild cases. However, it’s crucial to contact our office if the ingrown toenail is severe, recurrent, or infected. Our team at Michigan Foot and Ankle Specialist is here to help you find relief and restore comfort. Don’t let ingrown toenails hold you back; schedule an appointment with us today, and let us guide you toward the most effective treatment for your ingrown toenails. With our expert care and your dedication to proper foot care, you can take steps towards healthier and pain-free feet.




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