Our expert says:
In the meantime you want to help the embedded toenail to grow out over the adjacent skin fold. Start by soaking your foot in warm water to soften the toenail. Dry carefully, then gently slide a wisp of sterile cotton wool beneath the burrowing edge of the toenail. This will slightly lift the nail so that it can grow past the tissue it is digging into.
Apply an antibacterial cream such as Bactroban to prevent infection.
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