When they remain mild, ingrown toenails don’t always rise to the level of a “major problem” for otherwise healthy people. You might think of them the same way you think about paper cuts: painful, and more of a nuisance than a concerning issue.
But while some ingrown toenails are minor and can be treated at home, that doesn’t mean they should be underestimated. Even “minor” ingrown toenails can sometimes develop into serious problems requiring professional attention.
Below are some examples of when we recommend you contact us about your ingrown toenail, as well as a simple home treatment method for minor ingrown toenails.
Times To Call Us for An Ingrown Toenail
One important note, here:
While the cases below are general guidelines for when your ingrown toenail may require professional attention, you should never hesitate to contact us regarding your symptoms, even if it they do not match the examples we provide below. We are more than happy to listen to your concerns and provide recommendations for a successful treatment regardless of the severity of the ingrown nail.
Treating an Ingrown Toenail at Home
If your ingrown nail is relatively mild, then simple home treatment is not out of the question. We recommend these steps:
- Soak the affected foot in warm water with 2 Tbsp of Epsom salt for 15-20 minutes
- After the soak, pat your foot dry and apply an antibiotic ointment and an adhesive bandage to the toe.
- Repeat the soaking once or twice a day, using a new dose of ointment and a fresh bandage each time.
- Stick to open-toe shoes or shoes with a very wide, roomy toe box.
If your ingrown toenail becomes red and swollen, home therapy isn’t going to cut it anymore. You need to make an appointment with us.
Get Expert Ingrown Toenail Treatment When You Need It
If your ingrown toenail is simply too much to handle alone, never hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help you find lasting relief.
Remember, you do not need to “wait” for signs of infection or severe pain to come see us. You can always contact us earlier! We are happy to help you get rid of your ingrown toenail at any stage of severity.
Call our New Bern podiatry office at (252) 638-4700 or fill out our online contact form if you prefer to reach us electronically.