How to get rid of an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a painful nail disease in which the nail grows cutting one or both sides of the nail bed. The consequences of an ingrown toenail include discharge of yellow fluid and growth of extra tissue on the toe. A natural remedy to get rid of ingrown toenails is discussed below.

How to get rid of an ingrown toenail?

This method to get rid of ingrown toenails is meant to restrict the growth of nail into the skin, thus it can save you from having surgery for its removal. Your ingrown toenail should grow out in a few weeks!

All you need to get rid of ingrown toenails is a cotton ball, Epsom salt, a pair of tweezers, Neosporin, band-aid, nail cutter, cuticle remover and warm water those with diabetes are not encouraged to follow. Recommended: What does the White Crescent in your Nail mean?

  1. Soften the Toenail

The first step to getting rid of ingrown toenails is to soften the toenail and prevent the ingrown nails from infections. Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salt. Repeat this for 15-30 minutes daily.  It softens the skin of the affected area, which makes it easy to draw out the toenail from the skin.

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  1. Trim your toenail straight

In the next step to get rid of ingrown toenails, trim your toenail straight across, with extra care around the ingrown area. Start with the edges of the toenail, protecting the swollen area. Always cut the nails from sides rather than from the middle.

Also, refrain from cutting too much. Now to prevent the ingrown toenail from coming back, use a cuticle remover or something pointy to carefully push the cotton under the toenail. Do not push too hard. Do this daily, and apply fresh cotton to reduce the risk of infection.

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  1. Infection preventing Ointment

In the next step to get rid of ingrown toenails, apply infection preventing ointment or Neosporin to the affected area, and keep it bandaged. Keep the toes uncovered to get some air. Replace the cotton daily to prevent infection.

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  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Moreover, Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural homemade cure to fix the problem. Either consume a spoon of apple cider vinegar or take it with a spoon of raw honey. Few tablespoons mixed in water for foot soaking or direct application of the apple cider vinegar on the affected area, both are effective.

  1. Wrap the toe

In the last step to get rid of ingrown toenails, wrap the toe with a thin slice of lemon with the help of bandage and keeping it overnight.

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Hydrogen peroxide can be used after dilution to soak your foot in it for 15-20 minutes, as it helps the skin around the ingrown toenail to get soft, making the lesion less painful. Other natural remedies include white flower oil, Oregano essential oil, tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, Vicks Vapourub, and antibacterial soap.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.