Ingrown Toenail...Advantages of Soaking

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 Soak to Soften Nails, Soothe pain and Treat Ingrown Toenail


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How to treat Ingrown Toenails


How to treat an ingrown toenail. Soaking the affected area will provide relief from the pain and help with the healing process from the agitated ingrown toenail. Soaking the toe helps to get rid of swelling and reduce pain. There are ways to soak the toe that will help draw out the beginning of any infection.


  • Consider home treatment for an ingrown toenail. This treatment can be done prior to any signs of infection. If the infection becomes too bad where the ingrown toenail affects your daily life, seek health assistance from your doctor.

  • Soak the toes in warm water. Sometimes warm water is all that is necessary to soak ingrown toenails in. Get the temperature as warm as the person can comfortably use. Insert his or her toes into the tray then cover toenails with water. Let the toes soak for 15 - 20 minutes.

  • Massage the side of the toe while it is in the water.

  • Dry the toes with a clean towel.

  • Repeat soaking the Nails several times a day.

  • Allow the Nails to soak to soften the toenail. If the toenail is long enough to clip, trim nail straight across. Cut at a judicious length. Cutting the nail too short will further agitate the injured toe.

  • Relieve pressure from the agitated toe. One recommended action for treatment for an ingrown toenail is to lift the ingrown edge of nail with a metal file, and place a small piece of cotton between the nail and the skin.

Put antibiotic ointment on the toenail in between soakings and cover with a bandage or dressing to keep the area dry and clean. Focus needs to be put on keeping the toes protected so it does not become infected. Wear open toed shoes, sandals or shoes that do not pinch your toes in order to alleviate pain.

  • Add things to the Soak to aid in healing an ingrown toenail. These suggested remedies help to clean the affected area, kill germs and pull infection from the site.

  • Soak the toenail in lemon juice.

  • Add antibacterial soap to the water.

  • Add Epsom's salt to the water.

  • Add a tablespoon of white vinegar for each cup of water.

  • Add 5 drops of calendula to 1/2 cup hot water and soak the toe in it.

  • Use essential oils in the bath to soak the ingrown toenail in. Choose lavender or tea tree oil and place a few drops in the tray.

  • Place a few cap fulls of iodine into the water.

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