Summertime sandal season is upon us! However, you may be less inclined to bare your feet with an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or edge of your toenail curves and grows into the skin around it. Sounds painful, right?
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail can range from pain and redness to swelling and foul-smelling pus. While most ingrown toenails aren’t serious, they should be treated immediately to prevent severe pain and infection.
Tips to cure your ingrown toenail
Ingrown toenails can be caused by toenail trauma, improper toenail cutting or tight shoes. It is important to treat ingrown toenails as soon as they occur. They can be diagnosed and treated with a simple visit to your local urgent care, or try these at-home remedies recommended by medical professionals:
• Soak your infected toe in warm, soapy water 3-4 times a day for pain relief. Epsom salts are a good foot soak option.
• Place alcohol-soaked cotton under the nail edge to kill bacteria and encourage proper nail growth.
• Apply antibiotic ointment to the infected area.
• Wear open-toed shoes when possible. If wearing closed-toed shoes, make sure they are roomy, comfortable and low-heeled. Socks should be moisture-wicking or breathable.
• Take pain relievers, if necessary.
If your ingrown toenail does not improve with these home remedies, seek medical care. Our urgent care clinics are open 8 am - 8 pm, 365 days a year and can provide you with treatment and prevention tips for your ingrown toenail. Find a location near you.