We speak of an ingrown nail when the upper corner of the nail penetrates the surrounding flesh causing redness, inflammation or even infection and causing pain of varying intensity depending on the case. This painful condition most commonly affects the big toe but does not exclude the other toes either.

In order to avoid infection, it is important to consult a podiatrist as soon as the first symptoms of an ingrown toenail appear.

The ingrown toenail can be treated with medical treatment or home care.

Medical Treatment

If the ingrown toenail is infected or has a large bead around the nail, surgery is needed. The toe is anesthetized to remove the edge of the nail inserted into the skin (partial onyxectomy). Antibiotics may be prescribed.

In the event of recurrence, the matrix, that is to say the root that makes the nail, located under the lateral part of the nail is removed.

Home Treatment

It is important before any personal treatment to consult a doctor as soon as the first signs of this condition appear.

If the ingrown toenail is not at an advanced stage, you can do this:

– Clean the wound with an antiseptic product as soon as redness appears;

– Take foot baths for 15 minutes in lukewarm water mixed with an antiseptic;

– After drying the feet, slowly lift the edge of the nail by placing a small piece of clean cotton between the skin and the nail;

– Apply an antibiotic cream on the painful part;

– Wear comfortable shoes, preferably sandals, until the pain and inflammation are gone.