An ingrown toenail is one of the most common toenail problems. It happens when the toenail curves downward and grows into the surrounding skin and it most often affects the big toe. If left untreated, irritation can give way to pain and, eventually, infection. The best way to prevent complications is to treat ingrown toenails promptly.
Make yourself a foot bath with warm water and gentle, unscented soap. Some people choose to add Epsom salts for more relief. Soaking your foot in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes a three to four times a day can help keep the area clean, warding off infection. It will also soften the skin and nail, making it easier to lift the toenail out and away.
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