Here’s What Causes Ingrown Toenails and How to Get Rid of Them at Home

Ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis) is one of the most common toenail problems that may occur at any age. This condition can be painful and can easily become infected without proper care. If this condition is untreated, they can progress becoming red, painful and inflamed to be infected.

This is obviously that when it occurs you should take care of the toe and offending toenail, and you should know how to do it.

We will focus here on the 4 causes of an ingrown toenail and 5 ways how to treat them.


  1. Tight shoes

If you wear shoes that are too tight in the toes it will put pressure on the nails and force them into the flesh underneath. According to the Mayo Clinic if you constantly wear shoes that are too tight it can cause creating ingrown toenails.

  1. Straight, shortcuts

Another main reason for ingrown toenails is the way how you cut them. By cutting them too short or straight across, the problems can be created.

  1. Curvature

This fact is added by Medical News Today, which is focused on unusually curved nails, they may be more prone to becoming ingrown.

  1. Injury

The nails protect the toes, but they are not protected from the injuries, so by doing something that injures the nails, can be the cause of an ingrown toenail.


1)         Soak it

According to Dr. Axe, one of the easiest ways how you can treat the ingrowing toenails is the soaking them in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes, a couple of times a day (3-4 times).

2)         Lift it

Very important measure in case of the ingrown toenail is to prevent it from the infection. If it has already moved that direction, lift the nail from the toe, usually after soaking it. You can place a cotton or waxed dental floss under the nail to keep it lifted from the toe. After a certain time, you would need to replace this regularly and it should be covered with a bandage.

3)         Apply antibiotic ointment

Applying antibiotic ointment is another tip to prevent the toe from becoming infected.

4)         Let it breathe

Because too tight shoes cause ingrown toenails, according to the Medical News Today wearing loose-fitting shoes or open-toed can be of great help.

5)         Don’t cut it

You shouldn’t cut the toenail too much, but it should grow out longer than normal, which will allow you to control its growth.

Having a right information may help you to get rid of the problems with ingrowing toenails.



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