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Is there a painless way to fix an ingrown toenail?

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Dr. Frank Kase
Podiatry 45 years experience
Yes: Any podiatrist can fix an ingrown toenail problem painlessly. In most cases the offending nail margin needs to be removed (under local anesthesia) as it is actually a foreign body. Normal activity can ususually be resumed the day after the procedure is performed.
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.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Easiest way to fix my ingrown toenail?

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Dr. Irina Kovatch
General Surgery 14 years experience
Soaks: In mild cases soaks several times a day and use of dental floss to separate toe nail from nail fold may be sufficient. In severe cases surgical intervention may be required, including permanent nail ablation in patients with frequent recurrences.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do I fix my ingrown toenail?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
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.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
Podiatry 22 years experience
Ingrown toenails can be temporarily 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. If you have continued pain, redness or drainage, get it looked at by a professional as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed and you may need antibiotics.
Mar 6, 2013
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
Podiatry 22 years experience
Ingrown toenails can be temporarily 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. If you have continued pain, redness or drainage, get it looked at by a professional as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed and you may need antibiotics.
Mar 6, 2013
A 35-year-old member asked:

What's a nonsurgical fix for ingrown toenails?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Good shoes: Ingrown toenails are due to poorly fitted narrow shoes, switch to wide toe box shoes.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How do you fix ingrown toenails?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
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.

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