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For an infection around the toenail...

is soaking your foot in warm water with epsom salt a good remedy?


Asked by lizard111 at 2:13 PM on Jul. 30, 2010 in Health

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Answers (7)
  • If it's ingrown, soaks will help soften it and you can dig it out of the nailbed. It sounds painful, but my husband gets them all the time from wearing combat boots and that is how he treats them. If it's really bad you should see a doctor for a broad spectrum antibiotic.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 2:20 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • yes. Is it an ingrown toenail?

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:14 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • It helps. I used to get infections with ingrown toenails all the time. I soaked in a pan of hot water with salt.
    Also, keep it out (wear open toe shoes) and put antibiotic stuff on it. Skip the bandaid unless you're wearing socks.

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 2:14 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • You usually have to get a prescription. It's the only cure. Anything else will only treat.

    Answer by Erin814 at 2:14 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Yes, but if it is too far ingrown, then you may need a podiatrist to look at it. you can also do a mix of plain white vinegar and peroxide mixed with hot water.

    Answer by babyruby02 at 2:15 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • I was assuming you meant fungal infection, by the way.

    Answer by Erin814 at 2:15 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • I'm not sure what kind of infection or if it's from an ingrown toenail, but the toe got stepped on and cut around the edge of the nail. Thanks for all your input!

    Comment by lizard111 (original poster) at 2:23 PM on Jul. 30, 2010