How is an ingrown toenail treated?

If you have diabetes, severe nerve damage, poor blood circulation, or an infection, and you develop an ingrown toenail, see your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

For others, an ingrown toenail can usually be treated at home. Methods of treatment include the following:

  • Soak the foot in warm, soapy, sudsy water.
  • Apply a topical antibiotic ointment and a bandage.
  • Wear roomy shoe gear or sandals.

Treating an ingrown toenail generally controls the infection and prevents any further pain and discomfort.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/08/2017.


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Ingrown Toenail. Accessed 3/5/2018.
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Ingrown Toenail. Accessed 3/5/2018.

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