Garlic-Based Remedy To Get Rid Of Those Painful Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a real nuisance creating a real discomfort. Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows too much and puts pressure on the toenail bed. This problem is generally caused by wearing too tight shoes. As a matter of fact, women are more prone to develop ingrown toenail than men because they are wearing high heels. The body weight will transfer to the toenail tips causing some sort of nail bed crushing in the narrowest part of the shoe.
In other situations, ingrown toenails occur when you don’t make your pedicure properly. It’s advisable to square-shape your toenails. A round-shape would promote ingrown toenails appearance – the skin will grow in the cut nail place and when the nail will grow again it will press over and penetrate it.

Proper nail trimming is the first step to prevent the appearance of ingrown toenails. Don’t try to cut the incarnated toenail at home, because you might worsen the situation, ending with a painful surgery.

How to cut ingrown toenails at home without making it worse:

  • Soak your affected toenail in warm water to soften it a bit.
  • Then cut the toenail straight in the superior side using a disinfected nail clipper.
  • Don’t round up the toenail too much or exaggerate with cutting.
  • I advise you to wear wider shoes until the ingrown toenail problem disappears.
  • Garlic has been used for decades in treating various affections. Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, makes garlic the perfect treatment for ingrown toenails. So, let’s see how we can use garlic for ingrown toenails…


  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Cotton pad
  • Method of preparation:

    1. Boil the water and pour it into a basin.
    2. Soak the ingrown toenail in warm water a few times. Be careful not to burn your toes.
    3. Dry your toenail with a clean towel.
    4. Then crush the garlic in a mortar. Soak the cotton pad in the garlic paste and apply it over the painful ingrown toenail to eliminate the infection.
    5. Repeat this procedure daily.

    …after using the above remedy apply the following Garlic-Vicks treatment to banish the infection.


  • 1 tablespoon of Vicks VapoRub
  • 1 garlic clove
  • bandage
  • Method of preparation:

    1. Crush the garlic clove and mix it with the Vicks VapoRub gel until you get a homogenous paste.
    2. Apply the paste obtained on the ingrown toenail and cover with a bandage.
    3. Let the remedy work overnight and repeat the treatment for 5 days in a row.

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