If an ingrown nail is developing, self-treatment should consist of soaking the affected toe in warm water, packing cotton into the groove between the nail and flesh in an attempt to prevent the nail edge from piercing the skin, and avoiding tight shoes and stockings. If self-treatment provides only temporary relief and ingrown nails are a recurring problem–or infection develops–the ingrowing border of the nail should be permanently removed by your podiatrist. This is a minor procedure usually performed in the office.
An acute ingrown nail is accompanied by pain, swelling, redness and infection. Should you find you have an acute ingrown nail, see your podiatrist who can recommend treatment. This may include antibiotics and removal of the offending nail border.
We understand the concern of patients who suffer from the pain, cost and disability associated with ingrown nails. Podiatrists are trained to treat ingrown nails efficiently with minimal pain and disability.