Ingrown Toenail Treatment
Some people can successfully treat an ingrown toenail at home. However, we strongly discourage in home care if there is a suspected infection, or for people who have medical conditions such as diabetes, nerve damage of the foot, or poor circulation.
Patients without the above conditions can try soaking their foot in room-temperature water with Epsom’s salt and gently rub the side of the nail fold to help reduce inflammation.
If you choose to care for your ingrown nail at home, there are a few “treatments” that should be avoided. You should not cut a notch in the nail. It does not reduce the tendency for the nail to curve. You should also avoid trimming the nail borders repeatedly. This does not change how the nail grows and can, in fact, worsen the condition. Finally, don’t place cotton under the nail. It does little to relieve pain and provides the perfect place for bacteria to grow, which could lead to an infection. You should also be aware that topical, over-the-counter medications may mask the pain, but they do not resolve the problem.