March 7

Ingrown Fingernails: Removal and Home Treatment


Yeah, you may learn how to remove ingrown fingernails with home remedies and treatment.

Ingrown fingernails are quite common, though not as common as ingrown toenails mainly because the fingernails doesn’t experience the pressure exerted by shoes that don’t fit on toenails.

Having ingrown fingernails can be a quite uncomfortable condition which might make it difficult to accomplish daily tasks such as buttoning up shirts, doing dishes and typing.

This post explicitly explains the symptoms of ingrown fingernails, causes, and how you may remove ingrown fingernails with home remedies and other treatment.


What is Ingrown Fingernails

Ingrown nails medically known as Onychocryptosis is  a condition of the fingers and the toes in which the nail grow inwards into the nail bed or when the nail plate is abnormally embedded into the nail groove.

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The ridges that holds nail in place can loose connection when the shape of fingernails changes, this ultimately causes the nail to grow into the side and corners of the skin, a condition called ingrown fingernails.

When left untreated, ingrown fingernails may result in a condition known as paronychia

Paronychia is a disease of the nails caused by infection of the surrounding tissues. The infections are majorly caused by bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) or by the fungus candida.

If the infection continues without treatment, it may spread to the rest of the body causing problems such as Fever, chills, complete loss of nails, appearance of red streaks along the skin, general ill feeling, muscle and joint pain


Symptoms of Ingrown Fingernails

The following symptoms are common signs that characterize the presence of ingrown fingernails.

  • A Swelling underneath the nail skin
  • Discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Blister filled with pus
  • Redness of skin around the fingernails
  • Increased sensitivity or tenderness of fingernails’ skin


Causes of Ingrown Fingernails

The following factors can increase the risk or cause ingrown fingernails.

  • Improper trimming of the fingernails
  • Heredity
  • Injury around the fingernails
  • Fungal infection around the fingernails
  • Too slow or too fast growth of the fingernails
  • Biting of the fingernails
  • You also stand the risk of ingrown fingernails if your nails are large and curve naturally more than average
  • Ingrown fingernails occurs more in pregnant women and in children

Home Remedies For Removal of Ingrown Fingernails

Except you are suffering from diabetes and other medical conditions that may prevent proper flow of blood to the fingers and toes or cause poor circulation, home remedies for removal of ingrown fingernails might be a suitable option for you.

Listed below are some effective home treatment for removal of ingrown fingernails.

Dip Ingrown Fingernail in Warm Water

Warm water is ideal for soothing inflamed area on the skin. Soaking your ingrown fingernail in warm water for about 20 minutes will go a long way in making you feel relieved.

After soaking the nail for a while, pat dry with towel and you may then decide to clip off the ingrown nail since the nail and the surrounding skin would have become soft. Please only clip of the ingrown nail if you can see it well and don’t complicate the problem by pushing the nail more deep into the skin.

Tea Tree Oil to help Combat Ingrown Fingernails

Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties making it suitable for treating ingrown nails by softening the fingernails and getting rid of infections.

Directions for use

Mix about 4 drops of tea tree oil in warm water, soak the affected nails for about 15 mins to get relief, then dry the nails afterwards. Repeat this process twice or three times daily.

Alternatively, mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of olive oil, and massage the ingrown nails with it.

Apple Cider Vinegar/Vinegar for removal of Ingrown Fingernails

Apple cider vinegar is one effective remedy for majority of illness and it also works well for the treatment of ingrown nails. Ordinary vinegar is also an effective natural disinfectant

Directions for use

Begin by mixing 1 part of apple cider vinegar with 4 parts of warm water, continue by dipping the ingrown nail in warm water mixture for about 20 minutes.

Remove the finger from the water and pat dry with a towel, repeat process 3 times daily. You can then cut off the ingrown nail when the skin around it is soft as a result of the soaking in water

Potassium Permanganate to Treat Ingrown Fingernails

As natural disinfectant, potassium permanganate has found its uses in water oxidization and food sanitization.  Potassium permanganate (KMn04) is actually a salt compound that performs as antiseptic when used for ingrown fingernails treatment. It is also effective in the treatment of various ailments such as canker sores, ulcers and fungal infections on the skin, hands and legs

Directions for use

Mix about ¼ tsp of potassium permanganate with 4 liters of water, soak your fingers in it for about 20 minutes, pat dry properly with towel, repeat process twice daily for about 2 weeks.

Please note that there might be a temporary change in the colour of the fingers to brown for several weeks

Hydrogen Peroxide to Relieve Ingrown Fingernails Pain

Among many other uses, Hydrogen peroxide acts an excellent disinfectant and effective for the treatment of inflammation. It is also capable of combating excessive microbial growth.

However, it must be used with extreme caution as it is toxic when swallowed in full strength.  All you need for the treatment of ingrown fingernail is three percent hydrogen peroxide, the same strength is commercially available at the drug store for gargling or disinfecting wounds

Directions for use

Mix ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with a quarter (1/4) bucket of water, soak your fingers in it for 15minutes, pat dry properly with towel when the 15 minutes has elapsed.

The hydrogen peroxide solution will relieve pain, do away with infection and soften the nail and skin around it.

Basic Tips to Prevent Ingrown Fingernails

  • Take patience to always clean and dry your nails daily.
  • Endeavor to file and cut the nails often, do moisturize the nails to prevent ingrown nails. Don’t try to keep them curved
  • Another way is to avoid nail biting, damaging the cuticles, and always being careful when cutting hangnails.
  • Do not tear off the tip of your nails. This might lead your nail edge to grow into the skin increasing your chances of ingrown nails
  • Nail clippers seems to be a better option for nail cutting other than scissors


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