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Q. I keep getting ingrown toenails and I am tired of them. Can you show me how to cure an ingrown toenail without surgery?
A. Unfortunately, I do not have a simple, cut and dried answer for you.
Though we don’t really recommend home treatment and management of ingrown toenails, we realize that no matter what we say that some people are going to insist on treating their ingrown nails in the privacy and comfort of their own home or bathroom. There are a variety of things you can try to do in an attempt to cure an ingrown toenail problem. There are some products on the market you may want to consider.
CurveCorrect Ingrown Toenail Home Treatment Solution
CurveCorrect, is probably the most highly regarded home treatment option for those seeking to fix an ingrown toenail without going the surgical removal route. Some people feel the product is a little pricey as it sells for around $45 on Amazon. It gets fantastic reviews and even those who are critical of the products are primarily critical of the price, not the actual effectiveness of the product.
The part that concerns me is that you suggest that this has been a recurring issue for you for quite some time. Often, that is a tell-tale sign that you really will need to have ingrown toenail surgery to permanently cure the problem.
However, there are reviewers of Curve Correct who reported having ingrown toenails for years and felt near instant relief once they used the product and the manufacturer claims that only 8 percent of customers experience a reoccurrence.
NailEase Ingrown Toenail Relief Solution
NailEase is another option for those wanting to alleviate the pain of ingrown toenails at home. Although it is considerably cheaper with an initial purchase price in the range of $15-20, it is much more expensive than CurveCorrect when you factor in the fact that NailEase only comes with one nail application versus the package of 10 with CurveCorrect.
Also, the reviews have not been kind.
Ingrown Toenail Kits and Pain Reliever Products
There is a wide assortment of products that will help you in a variety of ways. You can purchase an ingrown toenail kit that comes with specially designed clippers, two-sided nail files, toenail lifters and pain reliever ointment. If you are using regular toe nail clippers you really need to consider one of these kits.
Then you have pain reliever products from Dr. Scholls and others.
Is an Ingrown Toenail Cure Possible?
There is only one absolutely surefire way to guarantee a cure of ingrown toenails and that is through full-blown ingrown toenail surgery that includes a matricectomy, or permanent removal of the nail bed. And that comes at a cost when you factor in the pain of the actual surgery, recovery and cosmetic damage to the visible appearance of your toenail. This is particularly a concern for women who like to have beautiful feet and where open-toed heels and footwear.
Those desiring to avoid surgery on their toenail may opt to go with a product like CurveCorrect or NailEase, just realize that it is possible that these particular home remedies for ingrown toenails are not always 100 percent effective.