- Soak the feet in warm salt water. Dry them thoroughly with a clean towel. Apply a mild antiseptic solution to the area and bandage the toe. However, if you have diabetes, do not try to treat an ingrown toenail. Always call your caregiver first. Do not treat an ingrown nail without a caregiver's help if you have certain long-term health problems.
- If your nail is infected or your ingrown nail keeps coming back, you may need surgery. Many types of surgeries can be done to treat an ingrown nail. Often, a podiatrist will cut and remove a small section from the side of your nail. Surgery may involve numbing the toe and removing a corner of the nail, a larger portion of the nail, or the entire nail. Various techniques may be used to destroy or remove the nail root. The treatment prevents the recurrence of an ingrown toenail. Your surgeon will determine the most appropriate procedure for you.
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