If you have a toenail or toenail corner that is painful, it is important to take a close look at it. If there is redness, drainage, warmth, hypersensitivity or swelling, an evaluation sooner rather than later is optimal. If your nail is mildly tender, not red and not draining, we usually recommend soaking in luke warm water with epsom salts for 10 minutes twice daily. Resist temptation to trim the nail corner, as you may likely miss a piece, and use a gently moisturizer on the corner of the nail to keep the skin soft. If the pain doesn't improve (or if it worsens) over a day or two, call right away!
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