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Ingrowing Toenail

A chiropodist, also known as a podiatrist, can treat an ingrown toenail in several ways, depending on the severity of the condition. Here are some common treatments a chiropodist may recommend:

  1. Soaking the toe: A chiropodist may recommend soaking the affected toe in warm, soapy water to help reduce pain and swelling and soften the skin around the nail.

  2. Trimming the nail: The chiropodist may carefully trim the edge of the ingrown toenail to relieve pressure and prevent further irritation.

  3. Antibiotics: If the ingrown toenail is infected, the chiropodist may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.

  4. Partial nail removal: In more severe cases, the chiropodist may need to partially remove the nail to relieve pressure and prevent further irritation.

  5. Surgery: In rare cases where other treatments have not been effective, the chiropodist may recommend surgical removal of the affected nail.

It's important to note that attempting to treat an ingrown toenail at home can be dangerous and may lead to infection or other complications. It's best to seek the advice of a qualified chiropodist for treatment of an ingrown toenail.


An infected ingrown toenail should be treated promptly to prevent the infection from spreading or becoming more severe. Here are some steps you can take to treat an infected ingrown toenail:

  1. Soak the toe: Soak the affected toe in warm water mixed with Epsom salt for 15-20 minutes, two to three times per day. This helps reduce pain, swelling and also soften the skin around the nail.

  2. Antibiotic ointment: Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment or cream to the affected area after soaking and cover with a sterile bandage.

  3. Pain relievers: Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed, to relieve pain and discomfort.

  4. Wear comfortable shoes: Wear comfortable shoes with a wide and deep toe box to reduce pressure and irritation on the affected toe.

  5. See a chiropodist: If the infection does not improve after a few days of home treatment, or if it appears to be spreading or becoming more severe, you should see a chiropodist or other qualified healthcare provider for further evaluation and treatment.

It's important to note that attempting to remove an ingrown toenail at home can be dangerous and should be avoided. Only a qualified healthcare professional should perform such procedures.

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