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i have an ingrown toenail, what can i do?

6 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 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.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See a podiatrist: An ingrown toenail can be easily removed under local anesthesia by a podiatrist.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Nail care: Ingrown toenails can be remedied through soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic ointment to temporarily soften the corners. One should always try to cut the nails strait across to avoid leaving an embedded nail spicule. If pain or redness continues get it looked at by a professional.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Pain, redness.: Redness and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage indicates an "ingrown toenail". If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. If you can't get in to see a doctor immediately, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Do not: Try bathroom surgery or self removal, it needs a simple quick procedure by a podiatrist in office.

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A good podiatrist : A good podiatrist can show you proper nail care and offer more permanent solutions if necessary.
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What causes an ingrown toenail?

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See below. : Most commonly nail being cut too short or incorrectly. Toenails should normally be cut straight across and not with rounded corners. They should not be cut lower than skin. Other common causes are trauma, tight shoes or heredity. Some congenitial conditions or syndromes may cause this as well.
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See below: Proper nail care, trim the nails straight across and then use a file to round the edges.
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Cutting nails too short can improve your chances of getting an ingrown nail.
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Could an ingrown toenail kill you?

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Unlikely: But any infection , from any where in the body , if flesh eating bacteria sets in ( necrotizing fascists ) could be lethal if untreated and neglected m more venerable if immunologically compromised ( HIV , chemo , transplant etc ).
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How to numb an ingrown toenail?

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Local anesthesia: This is performed by a qualified health professional: ie a podiatrist in order to properly be able to remove ingrown portion of toenail which otherwise could not be done without severe pain or done at all.
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Anesthesia is most effectively accomplished via a nerve block at the base of the toe, not around the ingrown portion of the nail
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