Advertisement

How can I correct ingrown nails?

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.

Continue Learning about Ingrown Nails

What do I need to know about caring for someone with ingrown nails?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Be on the lookout for signs of infection if you are caring for someone with ingrown nails. If the pe...
More Answers
What are ingrown toenails?
Hillary B. Brenner, DPMHillary B. Brenner, DPM
An ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) is when the corners of a toenail grow into the soft skin adjace...
More Answers
Do Your Feet Look Good Naked?
Do Your Feet Look Good Naked?
What Can I Do to Avoid Ingrown Nails?
What Can I Do to Avoid Ingrown Nails?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.