How can I get rid of an ingrown toenail?

A painful condition is an ingrown nail. To treat it at home, soak your foot in warm water and apply a little Epsom salt. It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes that allow for some movement. To avoid infection, you should not wear sandals or tight shoes for more than two weeks. A doctor may recommend oral antibiotics or surgery to remove the ingrown part of the nail. Sometimes, conservative treatment may be sufficient.

A nurse removing an enormous bandage from the big toe of a senior woman’s right foot after a podiatrist has surgically removed part of an ingrown toenail. The surgery was undertaken in the podiatrist’s clinic under full surgical conditions. A scar from previous surgery to correct arthritic changes is also evident.

Comfortable socks and shoes should be worn initially to allow for your feet to grow. Steel-toed shoes can be worn to prevent infection. The right medicine for you will depend on your condition. Your doctor may be able to prescribe the best medication. If home treatments don’t work, see a medical professional. You may require surgery to address the issue if your symptoms get worse. Follow the instructions of your primary physician.