Salt water soaks for ingrown toenails
Salt water soaks are a useful part of the management of ingrown toenails. They can be used as a stand alone antiseptic treatment or used in combination with antibiotics depending on the severity of the ingrown toenail condition.
Anyone with an ingrown toenail that has redness and swelling associated with an infection.*
Part of the post-operative care at home following ingrown toenail surgery such as a partial nail avulsion (PNA).
What you need:
Medium sized bowl to submerge your toes and forefoot into
Level tablespoon of table salt or sea salt
Warm water, ideally previously boiled
How to do it:
Pour water into a clean bowl
Add the salt and stir until dissolved
Soak the toe/s for 5 minutes
Perform 2-3 times a day
*If your infection is severe or does not improve with salt water soaks, you should see your podiatrist or GP as soon as possible. In many cases, you will require removal of the offending portion of nail, stronger anti-septics, topical antibiotics and occasionally oral antibiotics.