Health Tip: Caring for an Ingrown Toenail

(HealthDay News) -- An ingrown toenail usually is painful and may lead to infection. But caring for the problem at home can help prevent complications.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

  • Three to four times daily, soak the affected foot in warm water.

  • Make sure your foot otherwise stays dry.

  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and have plenty of room in the toes.

  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.

  • Call your doctor if the toenail isn't better after about three days.

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