An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail grows into the skin next to the nail. It most commonly affects the big toe. Although an ingrown toenail will not go away without treatment, people can usually treat it at home.
How long does it take for an ingrown toenail to grow out?
It may take from seven to 15 days for the nail to grow out so that it does not poke into the skin any longer.
What will happen if you leave an ingrown toenail untreated?
When left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to infection. This can lead to worsening pain and even fever. In some cases, an untreated ingrown toenail can spread the infection to the bone beneath the nail.
Can I pull my ingrown toenail out?
Carefully pull skin away from your ingrown toenail with a small nail file that’s blunt and won’t cut your toe. Place a small piece of cotton or dental floss between your nail and the lifted skin to lift the skin away from your nail.
What to do if you can’t get an ingrown toenail out?
- Soak your feet in warm water. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a day. …
- Place cotton or dental floss under your toenail. After each soaking, put fresh bits of cotton or waxed dental floss under the ingrown edge. …
- Apply antibiotic cream. …
- Choose sensible footwear. …
- Take pain relievers.
What happens if I let my ingrown toenail grow out?
If the infected ingrown nail is left untreated the infection can spread to the bone beneath the nail or, in extreme cases, enter the blood stream and cause sepsis, gangrene or a flesh eating disorder. For those with diabetes or peripheral vascular disease, an ingrown toenail should never be left untreated.
When should you go to the doctor for an ingrown toenail?
Call your doctor if your toe is red, warm, swollen, or drains pus, or if there are red streaks leading from your toe. Your doctor might give you antibiotics. If your toenail is very ingrown, your doctor might suggest minor surgery to remove all or part of the ingrown nail. He or she may refer you to a podiatrist.
When should I be concerned about ingrown toenail?
Pain and swelling around your toe and the inability to wear certain shoes might be signs of an ingrown toenail. It’s a common condition that you can sometimes take care of at home. But if the pain becomes unbearable, or you can see an infection in the tissue around your toenail, you may need to seek medical treatment.
What does ingrown toenail pain feel like?
The symptoms of an ingrowing toenail can be quite painful. At first, the skin next to the nail may be tender, swollen, or hard. The nail may feel painful in response to pressure, and there may be inflamed and overgrown skin at the tip of the toe. The ingrowing toenail may also leak blood and white or yellow pus.
What will draw out an ingrown toenail?
Step 1 – Take a Soak
of Epsom salts for every quart of water. (Andersen prefers Epsom, but says you can use table salt in a pinch.) “Soak your foot for 20 minutes twice a day,” she says. “It’ll draw out any fluid that might be under the nail, and Epsom salts are really soothing if you’re dealing with an infection.”
Can Urgent Care treat ingrown toenail?
You can also prevent ingrown toenails by not wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow in the toe box. If you have an ingrown toenail and need treatment, CareNow® urgent care can help.
How do I know if my ingrown toenail is spreading?
Signs of an Ingrown Toenail Infection
- Oozing or built up fluid around the affected area.
- Foul smell.
- Heat or warmth in or around the nail bed.
- Overgrowth or presence of inflamed tissues around the edges of the toenail.
- Yellowing, thick or cracked nails (specifically with fungus infections)
How do I put cotton on my ingrown toenail?
To do this when you have an ingrown nail:
- Soak your foot in warm water for about 15 minutes to soften the nail.
- Wedge a small piece of wet cotton under the corner of the nail to cushion the nail and lift it slightly. This keeps it from cutting the skin.
- Repeat daily until the nail has grown out and can be trimmed.
Should you wear socks with an ingrown toenail?
Wear low-heeled shoes that provide enough room at the toes, with stockings or moisture-wicking socks that allow your toes to move freely. Keep your feet clean and dry. Use a toenail clipper (not a fingernail clipper).