Soak the affected finger in warm water for 15-20 minutes, several times a day. This helps soften the skin and reduce inflammation.
Trim your nails straight across and avoid cutting them too short. This can help prevent the nail from growing into the surrounding skin.
Cleanse the affected area gently with antibacterial soap and warm water to reduce the risk of infection.
After cleansing, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to the affected area to prevent infection and promote healing.
Cover the ingrown fingernail with a sterile bandage or adhesive strip to protect it from further irritation and reduce pain.
Consider using a toe or finger protector, which is a small plastic or silicone sleeve that can be placed around the affected finger to alleviate pressure and provide cushioning.
Over-the-counter topical pain relief creams or gels can temporarily alleviate pain and discomfort associated with an ingrown fingernail.
Refrain from picking at or attempting to pop the ingrown nail, as this can lead to infection or further damage.
If your ingrown fingernail is caused by trauma or repetitive motion, wear well-fitting gloves to protect your fingers and prevent further injury.
If the ingrown fingernail does not improve within a few days, or if you notice signs of infection such as increased redness, swelling, pus, or severe pain, consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and treatment.