Remove a loose toenail by trimming it off and treating it to prevent infection. You need a nail clipper, scissors, a nail file, an adhesive bandage, salt, water and an antibiotic ointment. Removing the nail takes less than 15 minutes. Those with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or immune system problems should allow a doctor to care for the loose toenail.Continue Reading
Examine the toenail for any rough edges. Carefully file any rough edges down with a nail file.
Trim the portion of the nail that is loose using the nail clipper or scissors. After trimming, smooth down any rough edges with the nail file.
Soak the nail bed in cold water for approximately 20 minutes.
Apply an antibiotic ointment to the nail bed, and wrap it with an adhesive bandage. Soak the toe in warm salt water two to three times a day for three days, reapplying the antibiotic ointment and bandage after each soak.
Inspect the nail and nail bed for signs of discharge, redness or swelling, as these symptoms could be signs of an infection and may indicate a need to be seen by a doctor.
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.Full Answer >
Treating an ingrown nail at home is a simple process that requires soaking the affected foot several times daily, massaging inflamed skin and properly trimming the toenail. If you suffer from diabetes, poor circulation, nerve damage in the foot area or if the ingrown toenail has become infected, consult a physician for treatment recommendations.Full Answer >
Dryness, nutritional deficiencies, fungal infections, trauma to the toenail and exposure to chemicals can cause a splitting toenail, according to Sierra Foot & Ankle. Thyroid disease and psoriasis are other possible causes of a splitting toenail, notes Everyday Health.Full Answer >
Toenail fungus can be treated with antifungal drugs that are taken orally or with medicated nail creams or nail polishes, according to Mayo Clinic. There are fungus remedies available both over the counter and by prescription. For more extreme cases of toenail fungus, removal of the toenail or laser or light-based therapies may be suggested.Full Answer >