Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenail is a common condition that results when the side or corner of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. It IS painful and swollen – and at times, it might get infected. If it doesn’t get treated properly, it can lead to further complications. If you have diabetes or any other condition that has to do with circulation, do not treat a nail infection by yourself. People with poor circulation don’t heal as quickly as normal people. If not treated properly, a simple problem such as an ingrown toenail could result in amputation.

 

Here are some home remedies to help you deal with an ingrown toenail:

 

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide, a powerful disinfecting agent, helps the skin around the ingrown nail to get soft. It prevents further infection, and it also makes the lesion less painful. In a basin, mix half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with water and soak your foot for about 15-20 minutes. This may provide relief.

 

White Vinegar

For ingrown toenails, it would definitely be helpful to perform soaks with white vinegar.  Mix 1/4L warm water, 1 tablespoon salt and 4 tablespoons of white vinegar in a bowl. Use this in soaking the toe as often as 2 to 3 times daily for 15-20 minutes.