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How do you relieve the pain of ingrown toenails?

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To relieve pain from an ingrown toenail using home remedies, MedicineNet recommends soaking the affected foot, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs and elevating the foot. Soak the foot for 15 to 20 minutes in a bath with four parts water to one part white vinegar, or a mixture of two tablespoons of Epsom salts with one quart of water. After soaking, attempt to raise the nail from under the skin.

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If the toenail can be separated from the skin growing over it, the Mayo Clinic suggests placing a piece of dental floss under the corner of the nail to keep it above the skin and covering the area with antibiotic ointment. The area must be kept clean and the floss replaced daily. The symptoms of an ingrown toenail include pain where the nail is trapped under the skin, redness and swelling of the skin around the toenail and an infection around the toenail. To prevent ingrown toenails, the Mayo Clinic suggests cutting nails straight across, not cutting nails too short and wearing shoes with enough room for the toes. The Mayo Clinic recommends contacting a doctor immediately if the pain is severe or spreads, or if the patient has diabetes or another condition that limits circulation to the feet.

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