A 40-year-old member asked:
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both of my big toes have ingrown toe nails, what should i do?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
30 years experience Podiatry
See Podiatrist: For proper treatment. If very simple cases the nail can be cut to remove ingrown piece of nail by yourself. If any doubt, get it treated professionally.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
13 years experience Podiatry
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.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Libby Putnam
11 years experience Podiatry
Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow out again, or your doctor can use a chemical to stop the nail from regrowing. If you're concerned, don't perform bathroom surgery on yourself. That can lead to an infected ingrown toenail, which could require antibiotics.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Take care of it.: 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.
Answered on Mar 19, 2014

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