Main Article on Ingrown Toenails Question: What treatment has been effective for your ingrown toenails? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Robert J.P., Male (Patient) Published: June 01 I noticed on a blog someone suggested cutting the nail straight caused ingrown toenail. As I was at the podiatrist every 3 months who trimmed off the medial part of the big toenail I thought I would give it a try. It worked for me. I file the nail if it gets too long, but so it has a nice curve. Probably trimming straight affects the architecture of the nail. Comment from: Paul H, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 21 Initially I received laser therapy for a fungal infection in my big toe. This helped get rid of the fungus but after a while I noticed the nail was thickening on one side as if it was due to overgrowth or hypertrophy, which then became ingrown. I don't know whether the fungal infection caused this change in my nail growth or whether there was a type of over-stimulation of nail growth from the laser treatment. I recently had the offending nail edge removed which has eased the symptoms for now. Comment from: Bll, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16 By accident I stubbed my big toe (which has always grown in) and it split my nail down the middle, so I just left it to grow out. After a while I noticed that the nail flattened out from being rounded and the pain and in growing nail was much better, since then I have soaked my feet until the nail softens then I get a very sharp pair of nail clippers and put a nick in the middle of both my big toe nails and now they are almost normal. Must be done when the nail is soft so that it doesn't splinter when you cut the nick in. Worth a try. Comment from: A mom, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 20 I have been taking my son to a podiatrist every 6 to 9 months to trim his big toe nails. He has ingrown toenails. She said it is hereditary. There is nothing we can do to prevent it and every so often it will grow into his skin and hurt. I do keep his toes moisturized and nails trimmed, and buy shoes with a roomy toe box. He is now 9 and we started taking him at 5. He tells me when it hurts and I bring him in for a trim. I tell him to think of it as similar to going to the dentist. It is something he will always have to do twice a year his whole life to take care of himself. Comment from: ginirae, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 06 I had my podiatrist numb my ingrown toenails and cut it out and place a medication under the nail to stop it from growing back. I wish I knew what that medicine was. Pricey, but so worthwhile because it worked. It feels better and I will be doing the other foot soon. It cost USD 450 per toe; a different kind of 'ouch'! Comment from: kk, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 10 I think I have an ingrown toenail and not sure what to do. Comment from: Bengall87, Male (Patient) Published: November 04 I had in growing nails on both big toes back in the mid-fifties. They were removed twice, and left to grow back. The third time they were removed, the nail bed on one toe was manipulated, and the flesh on the other toe was cut away on the side. This did work after a fashion. Over the years, the nails became deformed and with a fungal infection that has lasted for years. Yesterday, I have had my nails removed. I hope that I will now be able to ware open-toed sandals, or even flip flops without embarrassing nails. Comment from: Bridie Pauline, 55-64 Female Published: March 11 I got great relief and after a few days full healing after making a v shape incision into the nail within one inch of the corner where the ingrown nail was hurting very much. I did not require seeing a specialist at all. Hope this helps someone else. Comment from: Timtam, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 18 Go straight to the podiatrist. She removed the section of the nail giving me the trouble in 5 minutes. Comment from: paininthetoe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06 I have had ingrown toenails for all my life. Finally at age 36 I had surgery to have the entire nail bed on each big toe removed. Now here is the worst part for about three years I had no problems because I had no toenails. After that they grew back on both big toes. I now have the big toenails back and they are as ingrown as before! Painful is not even the proper word for how it feels. I am now 50 and thinking about looking for another podiatrist to see! SLIDESHOW Nail Color and Texture: What Nails Say About Your Health See Slideshow Comment from: desperate me, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 11 My son has been having problems with ingrown toenails for years now. It had been surgically removed about several times because of recurrence. Comment from: nowpainfree, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03 I have been battling with an ingrown toenail for about six months. I did the soaks and multiple rounds of antibiotics. I recently went to the podiatrist, and he cut the ingrown sides of the toenail out. The numbing medication did hurt, but in the end it was worth it. I recommend going to the podiatrist and letting them take care of the toenail. Messing with the toenail can make it grow deeper and increases your chance of infection. Comment from: CariC, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 30 I was only 15 when I got my first ingrown toenail and after weeks of suffering I went to the local doctor and had them surgically removed from both big toes. Now two years later I am having the same problem but on the other side of the toe. But I recommend surgery to remove them so that they don't come back. There was little pain and it was easy to clean and take care of them and I was walking fine the next day. Comment from: Steph, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 29 I injured my toe at work about nine months ago, and my whole nail was ripped off pretty much. The new one that grew back was looking rather normal. However, within the last months, I've been feeling pain in the outer corner of my tow and I fear that I'm starting to have an ingrown toenail. Any suggestions are appreciated, and I wonder how painful it is to go to a doctor to have this taken care of. Published: April 05 In the past, my sister had ingrown toenails, partially due to pointed-toe shoes, but she was told to clip a small "v" in the growth of the nail. This was to relieve pressure at the irritated corner & allow the nail to grow back normally. It worked for my father, as well, as he was a Type 1 diabetic. Comment from: blinddog, 55-64 (Patient) Published: February 19 Thanks very much for the posting about ingrown toenails. I have been diabetic for more that forty years so I try to take very good care of my feet. The home care page really helped. I didn't know about rolling a wick. Thanks again. Comment from: lululover, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 16 I have continued to have problems with ingrown nails on both of my big toes. I had been going regularly to the nail place to have pedicures. They would dig into the side of my nail to give me relief but it just was getting too deep. So, I highly recommend going to your local podiatrist. Don't attempt to do this yourself. Seek professional help. The podiatrist numbed my toe and cut both sides of the outer nail and used some type of acid to kill the root so that the side nail will never grow back. A little painful at first but worth the money and no future worries. I did both of my big toes and am glad I finally did!!! Comment from: JT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26 Get to the doctor do not attempt to take care of it yourself. You will only make it worse and risk an infection that can go to the bone. Do not be a hero - do not pretend you know what you are doing!!! Comment from: arnel, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 20 I had minor surgery on an ingrown toenail recently. But prior to my operation, I did a little research regarding my recurring ingrown toenail on eMedicineHealth. It really helps a lot. It truly provides the information you need to know about ingrown toenails. Published: August 10 I had an ingrown nail on both if my big toes at both sides. I wouldn't go to the gp because I don't like injections, when I went for the surgery I was terrified but in actual fact this pain you experience with the anesthetic is well worth the pain relief overall. I now just go for checkups but I advise people to have theirs checked out immediately, it took we a year to conquer my fear. I wish I would have done it sooner!! Comment from: happitrails, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03 I was given 20000mg of cephalaxin twice a day for my ingrown toenail and I washed and soaked my foot in Epsom salts emptying the water four times a day. I continue to have pain and will now be going to a podiatrist because the medical doctor is now referring me to him. I wish I had gone to the podiatrist in the first place.