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A 21-year-old female asked:

i've had an ingrown toenail for almost 2 years and it's become really bad! and i've tried everything . what do i do now?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clark Pillsbury
Podiatry 34 years experience
Remove it: Once a toenail becomes ingrown, it is very difficult to have the nail grow out normal and not ingrown. I would recommend seeing a podiatrist to have your toe evaluated and see if you need just the border (s) or the entire toenail removed permanently.
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 23 years experience
Have a DPM check it: Chronic ingrown toenails are painful but put you at risk for developing infections. Self treatment can actually result in more damage to the underlying nail bed and result in creating more of a chronic problem. Consider having a podiatrist check it and remove either the part of the nail that is bothering you or the whole nail. This is an in-office procedure.
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 43 years experience
This can be easily done, with little discomfort and permanent results.
Feb 13, 2014
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
See a professional: Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
See Podiatrist: Never try to dig them out yourself you are at risk for infection and need to see a podiatrist soon. Simple in office procedure can be done to rid you of the problem.
Dr. Sanjay Patel
Podiatry 32 years experience
Ingrown nail 2 years: you should see a podiatrist, who will fix the ingrown nail for you. A podiatrist specializes in this procedure.

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