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No one likes getting an ingrown toenail, but unfortunately, they’re a prevalent condition. Ill-fitting shoes, cutting your nails the wrong way, or stabbing your toe can all cause the edge of the toenail to curve and grow into soft skin. The result is redness, swelling, pain, and general discomfort. You need to treat an ingrown toenail quickly to avoid infection and potentially losing the nail. Luckily there are several home remedies you can try before having to resort to seeking medical help.

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1. Soak in Warm Water

The simplest remedy is to soak your foot in warm, soapy water. This helps reduce swelling, soften the ingrown toenail’s surrounding skin, and ease any pain. There’s no need to use a fancy home foot spa. Simply use a bowl that’s large enough for you to put your foot in. Don’t use hot water as this will cause your toenail to swell. Soak the affected foot for 15-30 minutes, 2-3 times a day. For additional relief, try adding some Epsom salts to the water.

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