Ingrown Toe Nails

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Ingrown Nails

Ingrown Toe Nails An ingrown toenail isdo a common problem where the nail grows into the toe. It can be painful, but there are things you can do to ease the pain. Check if you have an ingrown toenail You usually get an ingrown toenail on your big toe. But you can get them on any toe.

Your toe can also get infected. Signs of an infected toe include: pus coming out of it you feel hot or shivery

How to treat an ingrown toenail at home If you go to a GP, they'll usually suggest you try these things first.

Things to do

  • soak your foot in warm water 3 to 4 times a day for a few days – this softens the skin around your toe and stops the nail growing into it
  • keep your foot dry for the rest of the day
  • wear wide, comfortable shoes or sandals
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain


  • Things not to do
  • do not cut your toenail – leave it to grow out
  • do not pick at your toe or toenail
  • do not wear tight, pointy shoes


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