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There are two basic types of ingrown toenails: The kind that are caused by straight growth into the sides of the toe at the tip and the kind that are caused by the toenail curving along the top to pinch into the sides of the toe.

I, unfortunately, suffer from both kinds.

For the straight growth into the tip, one of the ingrown toenail clippers is usually sufficient. The trick is to get all the way into the side and clip the whole tip at the sides, getting that spur under the skin at the edge(s) of the toenail. Keeping the toenail tip trimmed straight across the toe flush with, or even overlapping, the skin a bit helps keep the ingrown part from happening again.

Depending on the lack of inflammation from the ingrown part, relief can be anywhere from instantaneous to a couple of days.

For the curved toenails that are pinching the toes (with or without the other kind) the idea is to soften the nail so it is more pliable. This can be done with moisturizing lotions, hair conditioners even some oils (applied after soaking the toenail in water for 15-20 minutes). This should be repeated at least daily.

If the toenail is unusually thick, the only option is to file it across the top. This thins out the toenail enough to make it more pliable and will relieve the pressure on the sides of the toe. Once the pliability of the toenail has been improved, if there is the straight out the tip problem as well, it is more easily remedied by having a pliable nail.

The filing process can be tedious, but the focus should be on the part that curves or even bends the most. If it's a smooth curve without obvious bends, then the whole nail should be thinned. If it's a nail that has bends downward at a sharper angle, filing along the top of the bend will yield quicker results. Take care not to go all the way through the nail. It will darken as you get closer to the nail bed.

It's still recommended to add moisturizing lotion or something else to give the nail more flexibility, which should help prevent the nail from doing the same thing again.

Cleaning up with peroxide (stings a lot less) will help prevent further infection/inflammation.

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