Over The Counter Ingrown Toenail Treatments

Dr. Scholl's Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever

Dr. Scholl’s Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever kit contents.

Prior to 1993, several products were available over-the-counter (OTC) targeted at treating ingrown toenails. However, studies by the FDA determined that these treatments were not effective in treating the condition. In 2002, the FDA approved a new OTC treatment marketed as Dr. Scholl’s Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever.

The idea behind Dr. Scholl’s Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever is twofold. First, reduce contact with or pressure directly on the inflamed/infected area and second, soften the nail for trimming. This approach makes the product best for ingrown nails where the nail has actually punctured the skin and/or is caused by a toenail spicule. Ingrown toenails where pain is caused by a highly curved nail pressing into the toe aren’t as likely to be relieved with Dr. Scholl’s product. Customer reviews show this product to be very effective if softening and removal of the offending nail piece is all that is needed.

How To Use Dr. Scholl’s Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever

Below are the directions for use (for adults and children 12 years and over) from the Dr. Scholl’s package (along with my additional comments in red).

  • Wash affected area and dry thoroughly.
  • Place retainer ring on toe with slot over the area where the ingrown nail and the skin meet. Smooth ring down firmly. (The slot in the middle of the ring allow keeps socks or shoes from coming in direct contact or putting direct pressure on the inflamed area.)
  • Cut open tip of tube on score mark. Apply enough gel product to fill the slot in the ring. Immediately replace cap on tube. (It is important to use this gel with the retainer ring to keep the gel confined to the affected area and to ensure adequate coverage.)
  • Place round center section of bandage directly over the gel-filled ring to seal the gel in place. Smooth ends of bandage strip around toe. (The bandage keeps the retainer ring in place and seals in the gel.)
  • Repeat twice daily (morning and night) for up to 7 days until pain and discomfort is relieved r until the nail can be lifted out of the nail groove and easily trimmed.