When a toenail is ingrown, the side of the nail grows down and into the skin, causing swelling, redness, and pain. The major cause of an ingrown nail is improperly cut nails or shoes that are too tight.
- Trim the nails straight across the top. Avoid trimming or peeling nails down into the corner
- Wear shoes that are roomy in the toe-box region
- Soak your feet in warm soapy water for 15 to 30 minutes to soften the skin around the nail
- Place a small piece of cotton ball under the ingrown portion of the nail to try and lift it up and depressurize the area.
Seek medication attention if:
- The area becomes more painful
- Drainage or increased redness occur
- You are diabetic or have circulatory problems