A toenail infection can be easy to ignore in the beginning, but it can get worse and become unbearably painful. It can be caused by an ingrown toenail or an injury.

What causes an infected toenail?

  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Not cutting the toenails straight across
  • Toenail injury
  • Abnormal toenail shape (curved)
  • Improper footwear
  • Sports that put pressure on the toes such as running
  • Poor foot hygiene

It is also common in people with diabetes or any condition that causes a weak immune system or poor circulation.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain when pressure is applied
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Blister filled with pus

To relieve the pain and swelling, soak your feet in a warm Epsom salt foot bath. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt into 1 quart of warm water. Do this several times a day for 15 minutes at a time. After soaking, dry your feet completely. It can also draw out pus if you have it.

Other ways to relieve pain include: applying antibiotic ointment to the infected area, taking over the counter pain medications, and wearing sandals or footwear that is comfortable and have enough room for your toes to breathe

There are many different ways to relieve the pain of your infected toenail, but these home remedies are only temporary. It is important to seek medical care if the condition is persistent and when home remedies are not working. If you have a fever or red streaks on your skin near the infected area, seek medical attention immediately. This is an indication of a severe infection that might just get worse.

If you have an ingrown toenail, don’t wait for it to be infected. Consult with a medical professional or your local podiatrist. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our licensed podiatrists.