Try home treatment if you think you have an infection in the skin around your nail.
Soak your foot or hand 2 to 3 times each day in a solution of 5 g (1 tsp) of salt dissolved in 1 L (4 cup) warm water. After soaking, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a bandage.
Do not try to remove any part of the affected nail.
Remove an artificial nail if you think you have an infection around or under a nail.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency Medicine