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How can ingrown toenails be treated at home?

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  • Use warm soaks for 10 minutes two to three times a day during the flare.

    • Helpful soaks options include:

        1. Dilute white vinegar (roughly 1 part household vinegar to 4 parts water).

        2. Epsom salts

        3. Very dilute Clorox bleach footbath (approximately 1/3 teaspoon Clorox in one medium bucket of water or one capful of Clorox in one bathtub full of water).

  • Elevate the foot and leg.

  • Gently roll back the piece of overgrown skin after soaking the affected toenail.

  • Gently slip a thin wisp of cotton or dental floss (tape) under the nail edge to help lift the nail off the skin.

  • Trim toenails straight across (not too short), and avoid curving at the edges.
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