Last Modified on Jul 05, 2015
What Is an Ingrown Toenail?
A fairly common condition, an ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of one of the toenails grows into the soft flesh of that toe. Ingrown toenails are often painful; however, the condition is typically easy to treat. While an ingrown toenail may occur on any of the toes, ingrown nails usually affect the big toe.
The severity of symptoms associated with an ingrown toenail is often dependent upon the extent to which the nail is ingrown. Nonetheless, the common symptoms of an ingrown toenail include pain and tenderness in or along the toe and redness around the toenail. If the condition persists, it can cause swelling of the toe around the nail as well as infection of the tissue surrounding the toenail.
An ingrown toenail results as the nail grows into the flesh of the toe, typically the big toe. Several things contribute to this abnormal growth, though. Wearing shoes that crowd the toes and toenails, cutting the toenails too short or not straight across, injuring the toenail or having unusually curved toenails may all cause or contribute to ingrown toenails.
Ingrown Toenail Cure
Treating an ingrown toenail at home is often the easiest and best method of treatment available. Many natural remedies treat and help prevent ingrown toenails. Baking soda moistened with spirits of camphor and packed beneath the ingrown nail is an easy and effective ingrown toenail cure. Additional ingrown toenail remedies include MMS, a “v” cut in the center tip of the nail, and vitamin E applied to the nail and nail bed. Magnetic polus australis is another possible homeopathic remedy. In addition to treating the actual ingrown nail, minced garlic applied to the toe helps reduce swelling and fight any infection that is present.
Baking Soda and Spirits of Camphor
Using a little baking soda and spirits of camphor usually works. Each evening put a little under the nail, - it will remove them and have no bad effects! Moisten baking soda with spirits of camphor. Put this in a very little bit of cotton and push under the edge of the nail each evening, with a toothpick or something similar. Leave a little bit out of the nail so that you can remove the cotton!
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Montgomery, Tx, Usa
[YEA] This always works for us within 2 days.
- Soak your feet. Do this for 10 to 20 minutes, two or three times a day, in warm water to reduce swelling and relieves tenderness. You can add some salt to help soften toenails and as an anti-bacterial soak.
- Then, after the foot soak, while your toe nails are soft... Place cotton or dental floss under your toenail. Put fresh bits of cotton or waxed dental floss under the ingrown edge after each soaking. This will help the nail eventually grow above the skin edge. Change the cotton or the floss daily until the pain and redness subside. We also recommend putting some tea tree oil on the cotton ball or floss before you place it under you toenail - to rid any germs or infection.
This works for everyone I know who has tried it. Dr Oz also recommends this method.
The homeopathic remedy magnetis polus australis 30c worked wonders for an ingrown toenail--on my dog. He "dislocated" his toenail when he jumped on a chair and it tipped over, and the toenail ended up digging into the nail bed. I googled "homeopathy ingrown toenail" and it came up with this remedy. It was a little hard to find- I found it on Amazon-am I allowed to say that?, and in a few days the nail was out of the bed and looked like it was ready to come off or break off on its own. We gave him 2 doses a day for 2 days, then one more dose, and avoided a veterenarian visit, and he's now a happy camper. I know this was a dog, but homeopathic remedies work very much the same for humans as for animals, so I'm hoping this will help a human.
For people with an ingrown toe nail just let it grow out and once every 24 hours put on a drop of diluted and activated MMS it worked for me as well as this being the first year with no sore winter throat. Also MMS has now got too much momentum to be stopped by big money pharmas. It will be interesting to see see which western countrys will have the biggest uptake of MMS. It will have something to say about the institutions in the varios countrys, and the peoples intelligenge.
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Adelaide, South Australia
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San Jose,, Ca
[NAY] My son (13 yrs old)has had ongoing in grown toe nails for at least the last 6mnths. He had never before been on antibiotics and is now on his 4th round. He is scheduled for surgery today. It will be on both big toes. I really dont want this done if we can try another means. We have soaked and wrapped the toes in sage (a native remedy) he has taken oregano oil drops orally. We have also soaked in epsum salts. Thanks
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Panther Land, Usa
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Lake Worth, Fl.
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ireland
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[YEA] I recently had to use this remedy on one of my kids and thought I would share it. My grandma who is now 97 years old taught me it when I was little. You simply cut a v out of the center of the toe nail with small clippers. It takes an hour or two for the relief to start being felt and with in a day or two the pain will be gone. The v causes the nail to start growing towards the center and away from the sides.
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London, United Kingdom
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[YEA] I had a bad ingrown toenail once when I was 14, I could hardly walk without pain, and it lasted about a month! I read somewhere that vitamin E oil would help if you cut the capsule open and applied it directly to the area of the infection.
I was a little sceptical, but by the next day, it had COMPLETELY HEALED!
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