Even though ingrown fingernails occur less frequently than ingrown toenails, ingrown fingernails can be just as painful — and can become infected if not treated properly1.

What causes ingrown fingernails?

Ingrown fingernails occur when the edge of a fingernail grows into the skin surrounding it. The usual cause of ingrown fingernails are2:

  • Improper trimming of the nail
  • Nail biting
  • Injury to the nail
  • The shape or thickness of your nail may also make you more susceptible to ingrown nails.

Tips for dealing with ingrown fingernails at home1

  1. Soak the finger in warm, soapy water, or apply a warm compress for 10 to 20 minutes — do this at least twice per day.
  2. Apply an antibiotic or antifungal cream — consult your physician or pharmacist if you are unsure which product to use.
  3. Keep the infected area covered with a sterile bandage until it heals.


  1. Healthline (June 4, 2015). How to Treat an Ingrown Fingernail. Retrieved March 16, 2016 from http://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-treat-an-ingrown-fingernail#Overview1
  2. Livestrong (August 16, 2013). How to Treat an Ingrown Fingernail. Retrieved March 16, 2016 from http://www.livestrong.com/article/118034-treat-ingrown-fingernail/


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