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Ingrown toenail


There are several possible causes of an ingrown toenail, including:

  • incorrectly cut toenails
  • tight-fitting shoes, socks or tights
  • excessive sweating or poor foot hygiene
  • injury
  • nail infections
  • natural shape of the toenail
Read more about the causes of an ingrown toenail.

Treating ingrown toenails


There are several things you can do yourself to treat mild ingrown toenails and prevent them from getting worse, including:
  • practise good foot hygiene by taking care of your feet and washing them regularly using soap and water
  • trim the nail straight across to help prevent it continuing to dig into the surrounding skin
  • gently push the skin away from the nail using a cotton bud (this may be easier after using a small amount of olive oil to soften the skin)
  • wear comfortable shoes that are not too tight and provide space around your toes
  • painkillers, such as paracetamol, can be used to help relieve any pain (children under the age of 16 should not take aspirin)
Surgery may be recommended in cases where an ingrown toenail is more severe. This may involve either removing a section of the affected toenail or removing the whole nail.

Read more about treating an ingrown toenail.

Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can cause the toe to become infected.

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