Ingrown Toenail Cures

| Modified on Jun 07, 2024
Posted by Jen (Bozeman, Mt, Us) on 12/14/2011

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.

Castor Oil
Posted by Mukesh (New Delhi) on 04/01/2016

For an ingrown nail: A few drops of castor oil, especially in night on the affected part will benefit you and cure you.

Cotton Under the Nail
Posted by Jon (Australia) on 07/05/2015

This always works for us within 2 days.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Castor Oil
Posted by JB (California) on 06/07/2024

Castor oil is incredible! I woke up with a throbbing inflamed big toe. I couldn't even walk on it.

I put a drop of castor oil onto my nail and rubbed it into the sore corner, and rubbed the excess around the top of my toe/nailbed.

Within a few minutes, the pain had subsided. Within 2 hours I was able to walk on it! I think I'll be using it for a few days. The relief it's given me is incredible. I thought I'd have to go to the doctor it was that bad.

Vitamin E
Posted by John (Phoenix, Arizona) on 03/25/2010

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Andy (Pensacola, FL, United States) on 02/25/2019

I had an ingrown toenail that had been painful for about 3 days. Not even doing this for the toenail but I soaked my toes in apple cider vinegar for about ten minutes on each foot. A few days later, it crossed my mind that I no longer had the pain from the toenail...

As a side note, I did not even use the organic version, just simple ACV. I can't say that it cured mine but I have not had any pain since so I will give it the credit.

Posted by zark (Oz) on 03/09/2022

I found examples of the "V Cut" method here, under the section Remedy #4. This should help people who were unsure how to do this, or what it should look like:

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jefferson (Lehi, Ut) on 07/01/2010

INGROWN TOENAIL: I have had ingrown toenails for many years. I have always treated it this way and it has always worked. All the remedies I have read about treated the infection and not the actual cause of the infection which is the toenail growing into your skin.When I feel a little pain or notice it growing wrong I get a little piece of a cotton ball and using any small pointed dull object, I push it underneath just the white part of the nail on the side of the toe. This should be done as soon as the pain is noticed and before it has any time to grow into the skin. You need to change the cotton every couple of days and push it more to the side of the nail each time so it lifts the nail and trains it to grow out ward instead of inward towards the skin.

BAM, problem fixed! It's so simple and no infection, no surgery, no cutting, no acid, nothing! A big bag of cotton balls are like a dollar and they last for years! I started doing this after having many infections and not knowing what to do. I haven't had any problems with them since.

Castor Oil
Posted by Adrenalin1 (Minneapolis, Mn) on 02/06/2024

Castor oil Ingrown toenail remedy

Drops looked like the easiest option among all the suggestions.

This is my 3rd day using castor oil drops, rubbing it in on my big toenail morning and evening ( evening a few times). Pain gone when I walk. Only pain present is when I rub the drops into the ingrown tender area. I am very happy at the rate pain has dissipated. I will continue until all the pain is gone.

Posted by Michelle (California) on 01/05/2016

This really does work. I have been using this method for 13 years and only get an ingrown toe nail when I forget to re-cut the notch.

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Posted by Jamie (Lake Worth, Fl.) on 03/04/2010

Chronic ingrown toenails are a condition, the nail not only grows toward the end of the toe, it also grows down on the sides. I have this condition and so does my son. I suffered all until I was about 35, my son only until he was about 9. Both of us had the surgery, the doctor puts acid on the root of the nail, only where no growth is wanted. This still gives you a toe nail that looks normal.

I am not trying to be rude, but it easy for those of you who do not suffer with this condition to say cut your nails properly. It does not matter, since the nail grows on the side and into the toe on the edges of the nail bed. It hurts, if you can imagine. Not all ingrown are due to this condition, some are because of improper manicuring.

For the mom who is concerned about her son having the surgery. Don't worry, its a snap, there were no complications with either surgery in our family. They numb the toe, separate the nail on the side from the bed. Snip the area on the sides down to the root, put acid on it, to kill the root in that area. Bandage it, you have to keep it dry for about 1 week. You are on your way. Your son will thank you with all of his heart.

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Posted by Jennifer (Podunk, Missouri) on 07/05/2010

This is very Similar to Jackies & Jeffersons. I've had an ingrown toenail on my right foot on my big toe. I was watching Dr. Oz one day and he was demostrating how to get rid of it of course had to try it. I got something to lift the nail up and stuck some cotton under the nail right there and put a band aid on to where it was pulling the skin back. In two days it was completely gone. (mine might have not been as bad as others though) That was about 4 months ago or so when I did that and haven't had it since. Plus not wearing tight shoes and keeping my nails cut the right way has helped (as Dr Oz said). Anyways here the link to the video to see it demonstrated

Posted by Rw (Tazewell, Va) on 07/23/2011

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.

Posted by Tomstyn (Adelaide, Australia) on 10/18/2010

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cpn (Panther Land, Usa) on 03/03/2010

I DO NOT know of any remedies for ingrown toe nails. But, I had some severe swelling in my two wisdom teeth in the back of my mouth. I had two removed some years ago, because of swelling and biting the back of my mouth when chewing. The dentist actually put me on antiboitics for a few weeks before he cut the teeth out, because of the swelling and possibly getting infection in it.

Same thing this time, same feeling and I was about to set the appointment, when I read on here about GARLIC being used for abcess teeth.

Well long story short, in 24 hours great improvement, 48 hours major improvement, 72 hours later almost gone. I continued the garlic for about 5 days total to be sure it was gone.

I still have my teeth and I have had no more flare ups. This happen right before Christmas.

The way I used the garlic was I just put a clove in my mouth and held it in the wisdom teeth and gums ( chewing every so often ) I would swallow the rest after a while of holding it on there.

I am NO DOCTOR, but GARLIC got rid of my swelling in my mouth, so maybe it will help with ingrown nail.

I would apply the garlic and get the juice on the nail and surrounding area and take severeal cloves chop up every 6 to 8 hours internally for at least 3 days preferably 5 to 7 days and see if he has improvement.

Garlic is hot (SPICY) and may burn somewhat.

Maybe someone else will have some ideals. If this works, please pass it on and let all of us here on Earth Clinic know.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jackie (Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ireland) on 07/03/2010

This tip is similar to Jefferson's from Lehi, Utah and basically works on the same principal. Try using a small piece of dental floss. Slide it or place it whatever way you can under the nail where the nail is gowing into the flesh. The floss lifts the nail slightly and allows the nail to grow properly. My daughter tried this and it worked. She had no need for any other treatment with regard to this problem. The floss did not fall out, but if it does come out at any stage just replace it with another piece.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Teresa (Bethpage, Tn/usa) on 12/10/2011

I just took my son to the Dr. because of an ingrown toenail (infected) and he told me to put some cornmeal into a dishpan and cover it with hot water and stir. Once the water has cooled (or you can add a little cold) put your foot in it making sure there is enough cornmeal around the toe. He then said soak for 30 to 45 mins. for 10 days. The enzymes in the cornmeal apparently eat off the infection and he said a lot of times will improve enough that surgery will not be needed. I researched on google since then and I found it also to be a cure for foot/toenail fungus. My son has soaked for three days now and his toe is looking much better already.

Posted by Jackie (Kiev Ukraine) on 04/21/2018

Thanks Jen!

Baking Soda, Spirits of Camphor
Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, Usa) on 12/05/2010

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!

Vitamin E
Posted by Timh (KY) on 11/10/2014 2063 posts

I (regrettably) had this procedure done a few yrs back on one toe but no recurrences. Looking back, it seems that the problem was only a minor ingrown nail but a major infection exacerbated by an immune disorder.

I would suggest trying differing antibiotic remedies like triple antibiotic ointment, Iodine, Tea Tree Oil. Check for any fungal presence in socks or shoes as this could re-infect the toes.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Susan (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 03/03/2010

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

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Lily (Brisbane, Australia) on 03/04/2010

The best cure that I know for ingrown toenails is to make sure that when you cut the nail you cut the centre lower than the outsides. Almost like a divet or valley. This makes the two outer edges higher and less likely to grow into the skin. It has worked for most people I know for years. When you get another ingrown nail then check the way you are cutting again.

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Posted by Lynn (Wendell, Nc.) on 03/07/2010

I suffered with ingrown toenails most of my adolesant life. the only thing that ever helped me was to clip the nail straight across.(the v never made a differance for me) do not round the nail at all. i put liquid wart remover between the nail and the most painful part of the toe. this helps to develop a callus util the bur grows out or you can clip it. good luck i remember the pain.

Posted by Izzydstar (London, United Kingdom) on 09/27/2012

I have been trying to find a detailed description of how you actually cut the V but I can't find it anywhere - how do you cut it ? - do you cut a whole chunk out so you can see the skin underneath? how exactly do you cut becuase I have tried to guess and all I can do is just try and file a v shape as there is no grip - do you mean cut a v in the center of the actual nail or the tip of the nail where the white nail grows?? thanks, any help would be great - I have had 2 operations which have both gone wrong and I am in agony!

Posted by Joyce (South Carolina) on 01/17/2016

Would someone post a picture of your v cut. I do not understand either.

Baking Soda, Spirits of Camphor
Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, Usa) on 01/04/2011

Not sure why it works, but it works! My grandmother had one on her big toe and I did this and it worked after about 1 week!

Vitamin E
Posted by Angel (England, London) on 02/14/2012

I lost my toenail by bumping into something hard but when it grow back it grow inwards. It was the most painful thing ever. So you see when you have it surgically removed, it don't always work for some. What I did, was put my feet in warm or hot salty water to soften the nails... Then I would take a very small piece of cotton wool and tuck it under the nail, the bit were it grows under just at the top bit of the nail, and live it there until whenever I do that again. I did this at first once a week. It hurt at first to do that but gave me instant relief. I don't do it as much any-more because the pain has gone and the nail doesn't cut in to my skin as much. I also wedge the nail out a bit. Hope that helps.

Vitamin E
Posted by Cr (Dallas, TX) on 11/09/2014

I had surgery for both of my big toes to cut the side of the nails so they do not grow into the skin. The healing is excruciatingly painful. There are nerve endings in the tips of your toes.

Now my ingrown toe nail problem is occurring again. I will try the floss under the nail and see if that helps.

Posted by Man (Sojouring America) on 02/17/2014

I have an ingrown toenail and just noticed blood this morning. It has been bothering me a little bit but I don't feel much pain down there due to diabetic neuropathy and tingling toes. But this morning it really made itself known to me. I really did not know how bad my diabeties has gotten. This blood sugar issue has got to get under control.

So I sprayed it with hydrogen Peroxide several times this morning and then doused it with DMSO and then some cayenne extract. And Just learned about the "V-Cut" and I did a small one ( the nail is very short). So I am going to use the system of cleaning the wound with H2O2, and DMSO and Cayenne Extract with the V cut, and perhaps the floss technique to lift the nail. So that is what I am going to do to solve this problem for the toe. It looks like it will work.

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Baking Soda, Spirits of Camphor
Posted by Anonymous (Usa) on 12/16/2010

Fascinating! Any idea why it works?

Posted by Brendan (Adelaide, South Australia) on 12/18/2010

Hey, ive just started reading about this mms stuff, sounds great so I want to give it a go. Where did you buy it in Adelaide, or did you get it off the net. Also does anyone have any idea if this is ok to take if you have immune system problems. I suffer from psoriasis/dermatitis and so I dont want to take anything that will make it worse. Thanks guys

Posted by Eva (San Jose,, Ca) on 01/04/2013

What is MMS and where can you buy it?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Abby (Anon, Usa) on 03/04/2010

I have the same problem. I can soak my toe for some relief, but the nail itself grows down into the side of my toe- no matter which way I cut it. I just hope it doesn't get too bad ever. Sometimes it's more painful than others.