- Common Ailments Service
- Ingrown toenail
An ingrown toenail is a common condition that usually affects your big toe. It can cause pain, discomfort and become infected. Please read on to find out more about what you can do to ease the pain...
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is caused when your toenail grows into your toe which can lead to inflammation, swelling and infection (pus). Ingrown toenails are usually found on the big toe, but you can get them on any toe.
Signs of an infected toe include:
- pus coming out of it
- you feel hot or shivery
Should I seek medical advice?
If you go to visit your GP, they’ll usually advise you to treat the toe from home using the following self-care guidance.
- soak your foot in warm salt water 3 to 4 times a day for a few days to soften the skin around your toe and stop the nail growing into it
- keep your foot dry for the rest of the day
- wear wide, comfortable shoes or sandals and avoid tight, pointed shoes
- take paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain
- do not cut your toenail – leave it to grow out
- do not pick at your toe or toenail
You can often take care of an ingrown toenail yourself but you may need to see a doctor or podiatrist – especially if you have diabetes or other foot problems.
There is no specific treatment for an ingrown toenail, but we do offer a wide range of products that can reduce symptoms. If you have an ingrown toenail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by booking a free telephone consultation with one of our experienced pharmacists for advice and support.