Ingrown Toenail Causes Symptoms and Natural Remedies

An ingrown toenail occurs when a portion of the toe nail skin folds and is embedded in the soft tissue causing, in many cases, pain, redness and swelling.

Can occur in any of the toes, but often occur in the toes.


  • Incorrectly cut toe nail (rounding the edges of the nail rather than cutting straight across)
    Wear tight shoes or high heeled.
    Abnormal growth of the toes
    Poor foot hygiene
    Repeated trauma in the toes due to sports activities


  • Pain (sometimes severe)
  • Redness lateral nail fold
  • Swelling around the nail
  • Sensitivity
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • People who have an increased risk of developing ingrown nails include people with arthritis, immune system deficiencies, neoplasms (tumors), obesity and circulatory disorders.

Natural Remedies

  1. Ingrown toenail remedy # 1: Place a clove of garlic or a piece of onion on an ingrown toenail and finger bandaged at night.
  2. Ingrown toenail remedy # 2: Soak affected nails with lemon juice.
  3. Ingrown toenail remedy # 3: Put your foot in a warm saltwater bath for 15 minutes and then bandage the affected finger all night.
  4. Ingrown toenail remedy # 4: Gently push the skin off the nail.
  5. Ingrown toenail remedy # 5: Soak the affected toe with five drops of calendula tincture diluted in 1 / 2 cup hot water for 15-30 minutes. Then wrap the toe in linen cloth.


  • Cut nails straight across
  • It is important to cut the nail straight across and never oval, as it can be bent and embedded into the skin side. Always leave the outer edges parallel to the skin.
  • Taking a warm bath to ease the pain
  • Soak the foot (especially one who has the affected nail) in warm water for 15 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day. After soaking, dry your feet and toes thoroughly.
  • Buy the right shoes.
  • The shoes should have ample room for toes. In other words, avoid very narrow ends. As for high heels, it is recommended that the maximum height Sea2, 5 inches.
  • Wear sandals to walk in his house
  • It is recommended to wear sandals in the house for a quick recovery of the ingrown toenail. However, you must use closed shoes for their outputs
  • Walk carefully and do not stumble
  • Walking should be careful because if you encounter with your finger, especially if you use sandals, can cause the nail to grow inward.
  • Consult a doctor if the ingrown toenail does not improve or if you have chronic health problems
  • If you are diabetic or have any condition that affects the movement should immediately call the doctor to avoid complications at the first sign of ingrown toenail.