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to cure ingrown toe nail on big toe I soak in Epsom salts in warm water for 15 to 20 min. then take a good metal nail file and file down the top center of the toenail until it is thinner and you can feel a flat spot on the top of the nail. take care not to file too much just make it thinner. the ingrown part will lift out after walking awhile and will grow out normally. this worked for me with no pain, and lasted several years before I had to file the thick toenail down again.


When i was a cheerleader in high school, getting ingrown toe nails was the norm for us.. I had an ingrown toe nail for about 4 weeks and let it go since state was right around the corner. The monday after, i went to the doctor who removed it instantly in surgery and said that on a scale of 1-3 (3 being the worst) it was a HARD 3!!! i cant believe i ever get that bad (i have a HIGH tolerance for pain so the pain of the nail didn't bother me).. After that recovery, i learned the proper way to keep them from forming in the first place. Every morning i just dig into my toe nails a little bit and make sure the nail is growing correctly- it isn't painful since there is no ingrown. Also, if you love getting pedicures this is the way to go! when getting a pedicure, the nail technician will cut and fix the nail!! hope this works.


My wife found a toenail straightening spring clip on eBay about six months ago that clips on the nail. This clip lifts the edges of the nail and allows it to grow normally without digging into your skin. I had an ingrown nail on my big toe and it hurt just to look at it. My curved nail is now re-trained and basically grows out flat. Its easy to take on and off and you can bend the metal to the curve shape you need. I also tried the flexible carbon fiber kind of toenail brace like NailEase that you glue on top of the nail but it would not stay on. The metal clip rarely fell off and if it did I just found it inside my sock and put it back on after getting out of the shower. Just use it gradually and bend it as needed to increase the spring pressure as you go. I looked for years and tried several different solutions and it is nearly impossible to find this clip anywhere. This metal clip was simple to use and most important of all it worked. From now on when I clip my toes, I clip them in a straight line so that the ends of my toe nails extend beyond the skin on the side of the nail. No more Oragel, toothpicks, cotton and baindaids!

Richard Quigley

OK, zero cutting, zero prying at nail, zero pulling. I treated a well advanced, ingrown toenail very simply.

1. Tiger Balm - white if possible
2. Betadine solution for the home small yellow bottle ( if you can't get this, just try washing in salt water)
3. A plaster

apply betadine first to the ingrown area, let it say until dry, around 2 mins. (or wash in luke warm salt water for 5 mins, and dry)

apply tiger balm until the area around in the ingrown bit is covered

just put a plaster around it

Do this morning after you wake up and at night before bed for 2 weeks and the nail with grow out.


I had this problem for my whole life, i fix it whit a little piece of plastic hoose like the one use on hospitals, I cut it by the middle and slided all the way back in to the nail edge, and use a bandage to hold it in place, takeing out every two days to clean up, I use a cream that kill the pain and the infection from fongus on toenail from the wallgreens pharmacy foot care department, took me several months but since I start doing this the pain and the ingrown nail dessapear, no surgery, no doctor only me, If need help let me know.


I'm a waitress.. and have found the Best treatment!! the issue here is that the nail must grow with the cutical if you cut and remove the cuticle to ease pressure and elive pain it doesn't seem to heal. What I have found is to go and get a pedicure find a good one!!! they will have it fixed in no time.. and continue to go after it is healed you'll only go maybe every 2 mos. Love yourself enough and don't make excuses!! it only cost like $30. <3


I have been suffering bad ingrown toe nail and I caused a lot of damage trying to do the cutting etc. For me to relieve the pain and avoid as much infection as possible is soaking it in vinegar or Epson salt for 15 to 20 min. After soaking it gently push back the skin away from the nail and massage it. It will hurt for a little while but it does help. Put peroxide on it to help draw out the puss. Let it dry as much as possible. Elevate you foot as high as you can do it. It will help the infection and the pressure of the pain. The best best is to see a podiatrist if you can. He numbs it which is the worst part of it. After the numbness wears off you will feel much better.


I had an ingrown toenail - near the top of my big toe. The nail had been cut out and was growing back but it wanted to grow back into the nail bed. I used dental floss to gently pull the nail up and then slid a doubled over piece of surgical tape behind the toenail - sticky sides were turned in together - I didn't want tape on the sensitive nail bed. I then taped over the nail to keep the surgical tape in place. I changed it every other day, washed the toe with warm water and soap, and within a week, the toe had healed and the nail was no longer ingrown. The dental floss was much easier to use than the toothpick and it didn't hurt as much.


Soak the toe in Epsom salts dissolved in hot water for 20 minutes. Dry thoroughly and then rub with the cut side of a raw onion. Rub the onion juices into the painful areas for about 10 minutes. Wrap with a fresh basil leaf (secure with tape) and put a sock over it overnight. The pain will be gone in the morning and the nail will grow straight.


Okay, here's what you do. I just did it & I already feel 99.9% better.

You'll need the following...

- long toothpick
- paper towel
- anti bacterial hand sanitizer (alcohol-free natural)
- toenail clippers

Take the toothpick & push under the toenail until you can see under where the toenail is suppose to be. Put hand sanitizer under the toe to make it soft. Repeat. Then, put hand sanitizer on top of toenail a couple of times to make it soft & go back with toothpick & push under the toenail until you can see under where the toenail is suppose to be. Push toothpick as far as you can until the area where the ingrown toenail comes out of the skin. Then, take toenail clippers & clip the toenail & after put more hand sanitizer on. Then, after clean as desired...& put nelsporin on & a bandaid.

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