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How can I correct ingrown nails?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Ingrown nails are usually easy to correct via home remedies or a simple doctor's visit. With mild cases, a person can try soaking the affected area in warm water several times a day followed by an application of antibiotic cream or ointment. If that doesn't solve the problem, a doctor may try putting a small piece of cotton between the nail and the nail bed until the nail grows correctly. With deeper ingrown nails or reoccurring problems, a doctor will often recommend removing a portion of the affected nail. This can typically be done with a simple procedure involving localized anesthesia. If you have diabetes or circulatory problems, see a podiatrist; do not use self-treatment.

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