How are ingrown nails treated?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Amira M Elbendary, MBBCh, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Conservative management is used in stage 1 ingrown nails, with the advantage of avoidance of minor surgical procedures with their associated pain and short-term disability.

General measures

Well-fitted shoes with a wide toe box or open toe are recommended.

Trim toenails properly, with avoidance of cutting back to the lateral margins in a curved pattern.

Manage underlying possible predisposing factors such as onychomycosis and hyperhidrosis.

Soak the affected toe in warm water, followed by application of topical antibiotics or silver nitrates in case there is granulation tissue.

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