There are many home remedies to relieve ingrown toenail pain, and throughout the years, I’ve seen some interesting methods.
Below is a list of things I’ve found over the years to be the best way to reduce, or relieve ingrown toenail pain:
- Take some Ibuprofen! You’ll immediately feel some relief (depending on the severity) after 30 minutes.
- This will also help reduce the swelling.
- Soak in warm water with 1 cup of Epsom salt in it for up to 15 minutes. If you don’t have Epsom salt, you can use regular salt.
- Do this 4-5 times per day.
- Soaking your toe will help reduce some tenderness and swelling.
- Grab a q-tip, or some cotton (not too much), and put it under your nail to gently lift it up.
- Do this after you soak.
- See the image below of how much and where (depending on which side is giving you pain) you place the cotton. This cotton will act as a cushion or spring almost to relieve some pressure.
- Apply antibiotic cream to your toe.
- Once the cotton has been placed, apply antibiotic cream around the toe. You can even buy antibiotic cream with lidocaine in it to help numb the area to further reduce pain.
- Bandage your toe and then repeat the this process.
If you repeated this process and are still experiencing pain, you may want to call a podiatrist and make an appointment. A podiatrist be able to examine your toe and consult you on further measures, such as a surgically removing your ingrown toenail.