How to Use Crushed Garlic for an Ingrown Toenail

The medicinal properties of garlic can be of great help in fighting an infection caused by an ingrown toenail and speed up healing. We tell you how in this article!
How to Use Crushed Garlic for an Ingrown Toenail

Last update: 22 November, 2020

Garlic is a plant that belongs to the Allium family. It’s closely related to onions, shallots, and leeks. Due to its disinfectant properties, it can help fight the discomfort of an ingrown toenail.

Garlic grows in many parts of the world, and is a popular ingredient in the kitchen due to its strong smell and delicious taste. Throughout history, this food has been used for its medicinal properties.

Causes and Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail

A woman with an ingrown toenail.

An ingrown toenail can cause a lot of discomfort.

Ingrown toenails occur when the flesh beneath one or both sides of a nail becomes sensitive and inflamed due to an overgrowth of the nail or flesh pressure against it.

This discomfort is often caused by wearing shoes that are too short or narrow. High heels can also cause them, since they shift the body weight forward and leave the toes squeezed in the narrowest part of the shoe.

In other cases, ingrown toenails occur when you don’t cut your toenails properly. You should cut them square and not rounded at the corners. If you don’t, flesh may grow around the rounded corners and, when the nail grows as normal, it may penetrate the flesh.

Tips for Cutting Ingrown Toenails

A woman cutting her toenails.

Cutting your fingernails correctly is the first step to preventing ingrown toenails.

Below, we tell you the steps to cut an ingrown toenail. Don’t try to cut the ingrown part yourself, as this could make the problem worse.

  • Soak your toenail in warm water to soften it.
  • Then, cut your nails evenly along the tip with a clean and sharp nail clipper.
  • Don’t file round the corners, or cut them too much.
  • Also, also consider wearing wider shoes until the problem is solved.

Below, we’ll talk about the properties of garlic that can help relieve ingrown toenails. We’ll also share a treatment that includes this ingredient.

The Properties of Garlic

Peeled garlic cloves.

Garlic is a remarkable natural remedy for ingrown toenails.

Throughout history, this food has been used for its medicinal properties. Garlic contains a compound called allicin which grants it its benefits. This is one of the sulfuric compounds that’s released when the garlic is chopped, crushed, or chewed. It’s responsible for garlic’s distinctive odor.

Since garlic is an antiseptic and a natural healer, it can be used to treat ingrown nails and relieve the discomfort they cause.

Garlic Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

1. Garlic and Vicks VapoRub treatment

Vicks VapoRub is a mentholated ointment that soothes irritation and pain in the affected nails. Combine it with garlic to boost its effects.


  • 1 tablespoon of Vicks VapoRub (20 g)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A bandage


  • Crush the garlic with the ointment until you form a thick paste.
  • Apply on your ingrown toenail and cover with a bandage.
  • Leave on overnight and repeat for five consecutive days.

2. Natural home treatment


Garlic is popular due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects, which you can take advantage of with this remedy.


  • 4 cups of water (1 liter)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Cotton


  • Boil the water and pour it into a container.
  • Carefully soak your ingrown toenail in the hot water several times.
  • Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Then, crush the garlic. Soak some cotton in the garlic paste and place it under the nail to kill the infection.
  • You should repeat this treatment two to three times a day.

We recommend that you read: Benefits of Garlic Eaten Daily

Other Information

It’s very important to consult a doctor in case of diabetes, small children, nerve damage (usually in the legs or feet), poor circulation, or an infection around the nail. Don’t try to treat this problem at home.

Your doctor will likely examine your nail. In addition, they may ask about your symptoms to better treat the condition.

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