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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.
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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Home remedy: Try this: For several days in a row, soak your foot for 15 minutes in very warm water, then use the tip of a nail file to gently lift up the ingrown part of the nail. You might notice a spiky part of the nail that's dug into the edge of the toe. That's the culprit. Don't cut the nail! That could make the situation worse. The big toe nails should be cut straight across to prevent the 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 29-year-old member asked:

How do I fix an ingrown toe nail?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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.
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?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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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