Dr. Scholl's Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever is a medicated gel that softens the ingrown nail for easy trimming, combined with foam ring cushions and bandages to protect the affected area, according to the Dr. Scholl website. The product should be used as directed by a doctor.
To apply the gel, thoroughly wash and dry the area around the ingrown toenail, then put a retainer ring cushion on your toe, making sure the slot is over the area where the ingrown toenail and the skin meet, directs Drugs.com. Firmly smooth the ring down, and apply the gel to fill the slot in the ring before placing the round center section of the protection bandage over the ring to seal the gel in place. Smooth the ends of the bandage around your toe. Remove the old bandage as directed, reapplying the medicine until the toenail can be easily trimmed. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember, and continue to use the medicine as directed by your doctor or as indicated on the package directions.
If symptoms do not resolve within seven days, or if they get worse, check with your doctor, advises Drugs.com. All medicines can have side effects, but there are no known common side effects associated with this product. If severe side effects occur, including rash or hives; itching; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue; or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.