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A 29-year-old member asked:

how do i fix an ingrown toe nail?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
In office procedure: This is generally an in office procedure. The toe is numbed with a local anesthetic and then special instruments are used to cut out the ingrown portion of the nail. Depending on the status of the ingrown nail (ie infected, chronic, etc) a permanent ablation of the cells that produce the nail to that side may be considered.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Podiatry 47 years experience
See a podiatrist: A podiatrist can fix this problem.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can there be an over-the-counter numbing medicine that could be used on an ingrown toe nail?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: An ingrown nail undercuts the skin and usually is painful and can get infected. The pain is a warning that you have a problem. The nails need trimming to eliminate the sharp edge and very hot foot soaks can be helpful you podiatrist can assist in this and probably has a cure.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Should I see a doctor or a podiatrist about my ingrown toe nail?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Your choice: It really is up to you - however, not all primary care physicians perform this procedure. I would recommend that you see if there is a podiatrist near you that can evaluate your problem and can likely perform any procedure that may be indicated the same day.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can I do about a ingrown toe nail without going to a doc?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
If it is infected: Or has penetrated the skin enough to make for a little drainage or pus , have it done professionally. It will hurt a lot less and heal much faster than if you go the do it yourself route. Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Ingrown toe nail removal: how long will you be off work?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Depends on severity: And treatment performed. Often you can return to work immediately, depending on what type of work activity you do. Sometimes may require a day or 2 off.
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A 26-year-old male asked:

I have an ingrown toe nail starting on my right big toe how can I fix it without going to hospital?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
It depends ..: If it's just inflammation around an ingrown nail, you may be able to get away with warm soaks for around 10 minutes 3-4 times per day. But if you have discharge coming from around the nail or progressive swelling possibly suggestive of a developing abscess(collection of white blood cells) then you may require drainage. If you are having red streaking up the toe/foot or fevers, seek urgent care.

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