You should keep your ingrown fingernail dry unless you are soaking it.
Another option to help an ingrown fingernail is to soak your hand in Epsom salt.
If you want to apply a bandage to the ingrown fingernail, dry the finger completely after soaking.
You can soak your ingrown fingernail in a solution of warm water and hydrogen peroxide.
You may also place the peroxide onto a cotton ball or piece of gauze and apply it directly the ingrown fingernail.
Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which can help with an ingrown fingernail. When you soak your nail, add two or three drops of tea tree oil to the warm water.
If your ingrown fingernail has become infected, or it has not gotten better after around five days, you may need to see your doctor.
If the ingrown fingernail is caused by a fungus (this is often the case if you have chronic ingrown fingernails), your doctor can determine this and offer treatment options to you.
Let your physician know if the pain around an ingrown fingernail is getting worse, if the redness and tenderness spreads, if you cannot bend the finger at any of the joints, or if you have a fever.
For an ingrown fingernail that is infected but has not started producing pus, your physician may want to lift it.
Ingrown fingernails are not as common as ingrown toenails, but they can happen.