Natural Remedies for In-grown Toenails

When your toenail grows into your toe rather than over it, this is called having an in-grown toenail. It is most common in people with curved or thick toenails but anyone can suffer from an ingrown toenail if they trim their toenails too short, wear shoes that are too tight around the toes, and those who injure their feet. If you have problems that affect your circulation such as diabetes or other vascular problems you will want to treat an ingrown toenail as quickly as possible and should see a doctor to ensure that you have eliminated the infection. People with circulation problems are at increased risk of a serious infection that could cost them a limb.

How can I tell if I have in-grown toenails?

Ingrown toenails are often painful and infected. They swell, fill with pus and make walking and wearing shoes a painful experience.

How can I prevent in-grown toenails?

  • Trim your nails straight across, no curve, and make sure you cut to the front end of the toe and no shorter.
  • Avoid socks that are colored and too tight. Dyes can sink into the skin and cause infection and if they’re too tight they’ll just encourage the nail to keep growing into the skin.
  • Get wider shoes and avoid high heels.
  • Wear sandals whenever possible so your toes can breathe and expand,
  • Try to avoid nail injuries. Injuries can cause the nail to thicken and grow inward.
  • Pass on any pedicure where they use metal instruments to remove dead skin and be sure they sterilize all their tools.


How can I treat in-grown toenails?

  • Soak your feet in a bowl of warm water with one or two tablespoons of epsom salts for 10 minutes twice a day.
  • Don’t pick at your toe or try to cut it out yourself, especially if you have a health condition like diabetes.
  • Take a thin slice of lemon and tie it to your toe then wrap it with gauze. Lemon will help to fight infection.
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