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A 35-year-old member asked:

How can i dissolve an ingrown toenail?

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Dr. Scot Bertolo
Podiatry 27 years experience
You can't : You may be able to get some relief by soaking your foot in an epsom salt solution 2-3 times a day for 20 minutes each. If it doesn't resolve or begins to show signs of infection, like swelling, redness, or yellow drainage you should have it evaluated by a physician.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
Not the best way: Seeing a podiatrist to have it taken care of properly is the best way to resolve an ingrown toenail. Sometimes, 40-50% urea can be applied to the nail under occlusion to hydrolize (waterlog) the toenail to have it come off might be what you are thinking.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

I have an ingrown toenail, what can I do?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
See a podiatrist: You might make the problem worse trying to dig them out yourself in terms of increased pain or infection. A podiatrist can give you fast pain relief. If this is a recurrent issue, there are permanent procedures that keep this from bothering you again in the future.

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