How do I get rid of an ingrown toenail at home?
Is it safe to cut an ingrown toenail at home?
- Trim the nails straight across. Avoid making them rounded or pointed.
- Avoid cutting the nails too short. Leave them long enough that the corners lie against the skin loosely.
- Use scissors or clippers specifically designed for toenails.
Will an ingrown toenail heal itself?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail grows into the skin next to the nail. It most commonly affects the big toe. Although an ingrown toenail will not go away without treatment, people can usually treat it at home.
What happens if you don’t get rid of an ingrown toenail?
If left untreated, an ingrown toenail infection can cause an infection in the bone in your toe. A toenail infection can also lead to foot ulcers, or open sores, and a loss of blood flow to the infected area.
How long do ingrown toenails last?
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.
When should you go to the doctor for an ingrown toenail?
Call your doctor if your toe is red, warm, swollen, or drains pus, or if there are red streaks leading from your toe. Your doctor might give you antibiotics. If your toenail is very ingrown, your doctor might suggest minor surgery to remove all or part of the ingrown nail.
Should I let my ingrown toenail grow out?
If the infected ingrown nail is left untreated the infection can spread to the bone beneath the nail or, in extreme cases, enter the blood stream and cause sepsis, gangrene or a flesh eating disorder. For those with diabetes or peripheral vascular disease, an ingrown toenail should never be left untreated.
What should I soak my ingrown toenail in?
You can do several things at home to treat an ingrown or infected toenail to help relieve pain and pressure: Soak your toe in a warm foot bath with unscented Epsom salt. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of unscented Epsom salts into one quart of warm water and soak your foot for 15 minutes at a time.
How much does it cost to have a ingrown toenail removed?
On MDsave, the cost of Ingrown Toenail Removal (in office) ranges from $240 to $309 . Those on high deductible health plans or without insurance can shop, compare prices and save. Read more about how MDsave works.
Should you wear socks with an ingrown toenail?
You should be able to get your fingernail under the sides and end of the nail. Well-fitting shoes and socks. Do not wear shoes that are short or tight in the toe area. Avoid shoes that are loose because they too cause pressure on the toes, especially when running or walking briskly.
When should I be concerned about ingrown toenail?
If you develop an ingrown toenail and you notice any sort of sign of an infection, get help as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of serious complications. Redness around the area, as well as severe pain and swelling are warning signs of a developing infection.