Care for an ingrown toenail at home is easy. Before you start, make sure you have a towel, cotton ball, bandage, and an antiseptic ointment ready.
Soak your feet in warm water first. Add Epsom salts or an antibacterial soap if desired. Stay in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes to completely immerse and soften the ingrown toenail. Loosen up the area by massaging your toe underwater. Towel off once you’re done.
While your foot is still soft, gently lift up the corner of the ingrown toenail and try to put a small amount of cotton underneath to separate the nail from the skin. If the area is infected, apply an antiseptic medication. Then, wrap a bandage around it. Don’t try to clip the infected nail yet, because you could make the problem worse.
If your toenail is emitting discharge and isn’t getting better, contact Dr. Gene Reister from Richardson Podiatry Center by calling (972) 690-5374 or by filling out an appointment request online.