To treat an ingrown fingernail, soak the finger in warm water several times a day, massage the inflamed skin gently and place a piece of dental floss or cotton soaked in antiseptic under the nail. If the problem persists, see a doctor who may prescribe an antibiotic.
The symptoms of an ingrown fingernail are redness and swelling around the nail, along with pain. Prevention is important when it comes to ingrown fingernails. Trimming the nails too short and picking and tearing at the corners of the nails can result in ingrown fingernails. When the ingrown nail keeps coming back, a doctor may need to remove part of the nail.