How Do You Remove an Ingrown Toenail?

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To remove an ingrown toenail, the Mayo Clinic suggests going to a doctor to have it removed. Soak the toe at home a few times per day, and place an antiseptic cotton swab under the nail, suggests MedlinePlus. Do not remove the toenail at home.

Ingrown toenails are caused when the edge of the toenail grows into the flesh around the toe, states the Mayo Clinic. It causes bleeding and infection in some cases, when left untreated.

Individuals with ingrown toenails have a higher risk of developing an infection or other health complications when they have diabetes, nerve damage in the legs or feet, and poor blood circulation, explains MedlinePlus. If you have one of these conditions, contact a doctor immediately if you see symptoms of an ingrown toenail. If you do not have one of these medical conditions, soak their feet in warm water up to four times per day to treat an ingrown toenail. Use clean tools to trim the ends of the nail without rounding the corners of the nail.

If symptoms get worse, ask a doctor to remove part or all of the nail, says the Mayo Clinic. For minor ingrown toenail problems, doctors lift the top edges of the toenail, and place floss underneath. For more severe symptoms, doctors remove part of the nail itself, or completely remove the nail and nail bed.