Patient Comments: Ingrown Toenail - Home Remedies


What home remedies were effective for your ingrown toenail? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Sherman, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 29

Wearing shoes is the major cause of ingrown toenails. Nails naturally grow the surface more to make up for normal wear. Covered toenails means almost no wear, therefore extra curvature that makes the nails grow into the skin. Nail polish on nails exacerbate the effect by complete removal of wear. The obvious treatment is to remove some of the nail surface periodically after soaking the feet to soften them. A vinegar and water soak will also combat foot and nail fungus. Lifting the edge of ingrown nails and slipping a small thin piece of plastic under, leaving it there until the nail dries can relieve pressure temporarily.

Comment from: john, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I fixed my ingrown toenail myself (granted, it wasn't severe) by prying the nail out with a metal nail file (let me add I sterilized the nail file in a candle flame) and then twice a day I would clean the nail bed with alcohol. In a few days it was back to normal. Now I am careful to file it straight across and not get near the sides.

Comment from: Sickotired, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 25

I have been feeling nauseous for nearly three weeks. However, the unusual symptom in my case is itchiness. More unusual is tinnitus. Doctor gave me something for hay fever! In all honesty, not being able to eat without puking up is not a symptom of hay fever. I think it is gastroenteritis. Nobody to turn to for help, I am feeling very weak and low.

Comment from: LaurenSmith1095, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I was 17 years old when I went to a doctor who specializes in feet. He gave me four shots in my toe to numb it, then he cut a strip of the toenail on both sides. After a few hours when I came home, I was in so much pain and it was bleeding because the numbing wore off. Then after a few weeks, it began to heal and I felt less pain than before. I am now 18 years of age and my toe is perfectly fine, but it just looks odd without the sides.

Comment from: duchessherri, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

First I poked a small bit of sterile cotton under the nail's inside corner edge where it hurt. I changed the cotton frequently as I let my nail grow out much longer than usual. I then cut the nail straight across. I keep telling the pedicurist not to cut the toenail into a curve but she must still cut down into that corner. I have this problem maybe twice a year.


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