Ingrown toenail

Ingrown toenail

An ingrown toenail is a painful condition where the nail grows into the toe.


  • Soak affected toe in warm water 3 – 4 times a day– this softens the skin around the toe and stops the nail growing into it.
  • Keep the foot dry for rest of the day.
  • Wear wide, comfortable shoes or open sandals
  • Take NSAID’s to ease the pain


  • Do not cut the toenail – leave it to grow out
  • Do not pick at toenail
  • Do not wear tight, pointy shoes

See a Dermatologist if:

  • Treating at home isn’t helping
  • Toe is painful and swollen with pus oozing out of it
  • Temperature is high or you feel hot and shivery
  • You are diabetic.

Treatments for an ingrown toenail

A Dermatologist can:

  • Confirm diagnosis
  • Give you antibiotics for infected toenail
  • Cut away part of the nail
  • Remove the whole nail.

Alocal anestheticis injectedto numb your toe when this is done.

How to prevent ingrown toenails

  • Do not cut your toenails too short
  • Cut straight across the nail, avoid the edges
  • Do not wear shoes that are too tight or do not fit properly
21-08-2020 Dermatologist, Ingrown Toenail,