Epsom Salt Soak For Ingrown Toenail

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?
    My sister has had an infected ingrown toenail for almost a year. She's been to the doctor twice to have it removed, she's been on antibiotics, and she's soaked in water w/ Epsom salt...and still no luck. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Ouch, ingrown toenails hurt especially when filled with pus.

      She should try and lift the edge of the nail that is digging in her skin and place a piece of cotton in between the nail and the skin to prevent the nail from digging in.

      Once the nail passes the spot where it grows into the skin she should be ok as long as she doesn't cut her toenail below that point.

      If her toe has puss she should try to squeeze it out to remove the pressure even though it's going to hurt like crazy.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for an ingrown toenail to heal?
    It has been a little over a week, and it has stopped oozing tons of puss, but it is still red, swollen, warm and painful. My mom is pretty sure that it's an ingrown toenail. I have been soaking it in warm water and epsom salts, anything else I can do for it? About how long will it take to heal? I'm 15.

    • ANSWER:
      ugh..I've had those a few times..they're horrible aren't they?
      it may take I'd say..a month maybe. If you want you can let it grow out even though it'll be painful, or you can get in there and cut out the part of the nail thats growing out to the side, but I'd suggest letting it grow out.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do I need a doctor for my ingrown toenail?
    I've has an ingrown toenail for about a week. I have soaked it in epsom salt for 15 minutes for 3 days now. I also poked a hole to relieve a lot of the pressure that was causing pain in my toe. At baseball games (i wear cleats) my toe hurts really bad because of the tightness of my shoe. The only time it really hurts is when I wear my cleats. Should I go to the doctor? Also, What does the doctor do and is it painful?

    • ANSWER:
      yes you should go to a doctor. They might be able to give you an option that helps the pain.

      If it's really bad they might need to remove a piece of the toenail (just the part inside the skin). They numb the toe, cut the skin a little and pull it back, cut the toe nail, clean everything and wrap it up. They wrap it in tons of cotton and stuff and you have to take good care of it but it's not too painful.

  4. QUESTION:
    Ingrown toenail removed, cant stand the salt soaking, do i need it?
    I had an ingrown toenail removed on Monday and the next day tried to soak it in epsom salt and it hurt so bad i took it out right away. I tried again today and same thing. Is it really that necessary? I am on antibiotics and the toe never hurts at all until i soak it.

    • ANSWER:
      U should use it. It prevents bacterial to grow.
      I am sure it is painful but its the best remedy.

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I fix an ingrown toenail fast?
    I've had an ingrown toenail for the past month, I've been soaking it in epsom salts daily and I put gauzes under the nail and it wouldn't go away. I just got antibiotics and cream to put on it but I have a big school dance on Friday and it hurts to wear any shoes right now but I'm wearing heals on Friday, how can I fix my foot before Friday ?
    =S

    • ANSWER:
      mom was always good at home remedies, she always cut a v shape in the middle of her toe nail and it would be better in a day or 2. try that, hope its better soon

  6. QUESTION:
    Can I use regular salt instead of Epsom salt?
    Hi,
    I have an infection from a previous ingrown toenail. I am squeezing the pus out on a daily basis, as well as keeping Neosporin and a Band-Aid on it, except at night when I let it air out. I've read different things to do for it, and almost all of them say to soak your foot in Epsom salt. I don't have Epsom salt, so could I use sea salt, or Himilayan pink salt instead? And isn't the salt supposed to help draw out the infection?
    First Aid...

    • ANSWER:
      Soaking in plain warm water is better than nothing.

      You can use regular salt, if that's all you've got. Avoid those fancy cooking salts; they have other minerals in them. Cheap, highly processed supermarket salt would be the second choice to Epsom Salts.

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