The ingrown nail is the problem of the nail that grows beneath the skin. If left untreated, it may become chronic and cause unbearable pain. Although it can be seen on all toes, ingrown nails are  more often seen on the big toenails and manifest themselves as a result of incorrect nail cuts, improper pedicure procedure, improper shoe selection, insufficient foot care, overweight, pregnancy, diabetes and heavy sports activities.


In our daily lives, we prioritize comfort. However, some situations such as ingrown nail can affect our comfort since it causes pain and discomfort, along with the infection risk. Ingrown toenail or ingrown fingernail can be seen in all ages, mostly among adults. 

The ingrown nail treatment is not as complicated as you think. The treatment is shaped by the situation of your nail, depending on the nail. Some treatments that are provided by professional healthcare can be applied even at home while others require professional help in the hospital.

In this article, we will see types of ingrown nail treatments and detailed information about the process, prevention, nail care, and more.

Types of Ingrown Nail Treatment

Types of ingrown nail treatment differ from patient to patient and depend on the situation of the nail of the patient. In the early stages when before the infections set in and spread, some home treatments can be applied; such as:

  • Self-care of the foot: Soaking the foot in warm water and keeping it dry for the whole day would be beneficial. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes: To see your foot’s situation and make the skin of it breathing, wearing comfortable shoes would be good.

If the infection is spread, it requires medical treatment that will be provided by a healthcare professional.

Choosing the Right Ingrown Nail Treatment

Choosing the right ingrown nail treatment depends on different factors, and the most important of them is the situation of the nail - along with the severity of the infection.

  • Situation and severity: If there is no infection or pain in the nail, soaking the nail in a warm water bath or using specific nail trimming techniques can be applied and chosen.
  • Infection: If the ingrown nail is infected, pain and inflammation can be observed. Consulting a podiatrist would be beneficial. 

Also, keep in my mind that it is essential to seek professional help in severe situations. In some cases, nail surgery may even be required.

Long-Term Care After Ingrown Nail Treatment

After the ingrown nail treatment, there are some instructions that you need to follow such as keeping nail hygiene at the best and more. Long-term care is an important issue to prevent any further problems.

  • If you need to use the medicine after the treatment, taking them according to the prescription and regularly is essential.
  • Maintaining proper nail hygiene is required to prevent any infection again.
  • Wearing comfortable and breathable shoes can prevent any pressure on your nails.
Preventing Ingrown Nails

Even though the treatment of ingrown nails is less complicated when compared to the other treatments, preventing them is easier than you think. Here are some tips that may be useful:

  • Soaking the nails in warm water before cutting will make them soft for proper trimming. 
  • Clean your nail trimmer regularly, before using. 
  • Avoid wearing shoes that pressure your nails.
  • Don’t tear your nails, use the nail trimmer properly.
  • Some diseases such as diabetes may lead to problems and fungal problems may lead the infections. Check your nails from time to time.


He graduated from Akdeniz University Faculty of Medicine in 1990. In 2002, he completed his specialization in İzmir 9 Eylül University, Department of Dermatology. He is a member of Turkey Society of Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology Association, Dermatooncolgy Association, Turkey Dermatovenerology Association. He gave verbal presentations in international and national meetings and has publications in Turkish and foreign journals. Areas of interest: COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY Stain Treatments, Mesotherapy Applications, Chemical Peeling, Spider Web and Rope Applications Hair Transplantation and Hair Applications Anti-Aging Applications CLINICAL DERMATOLOGY Psoriasis, Acne and Rosacea, Skin - Fungal Infection, Vitiligo (Ala Disease) Pediatric Dermatology (Pediatric Skin Diseases) Skin Cancer, Urticaria (Hives) Treatment of Venereal Diseases (sexually transmitted diseases), Verrucae (Papilloma) Sun Dermatoses, Treatments of Allergic Diseases Hair and Nail Diseases Dr. Salih Çetiner is married and has 1 son. He speaks well English.
He received his Medical Education at Ege University Faculty of Medicine between 1992-1998. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as a specialist in Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Dermatology. He is a member of the Turkish Dermatovenerology Association. He has oral presentations at international and national meetings as well as publications in Turkish and foreign journals. Married and father of 2 children, Dr. Dr. Şenel Yurtsever has a good command of English. Areas of interest: COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY Spot Treatments Gold Needle Treatment Youth Vaccine Mesotherapy Applications Chemical Peel Hair Transplant Hair PRP Applications Anti-Aging Applications CLINICAL DERMATOLOGY Psoriasis (Psoriasis) Acne Rosacea (Rose Disease) Skin – Fungal Diseases Vitiligo (Ala Disease) Pediatric Dermatology (Pediatric Skin Diseases) Skin Cancers Urticaria (Hives) Treatment of Venereal Diseases (sexually transmitted diseases) Verruca (Wts) Itchy Skin Diseases and Allergy Diseases Treatments Hair Diseases Nail Diseases