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I think my toenail is ingrown. how to know for sure and what do i do afterwards?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Breiner
Podiatry 34 years experience
Pressure on the nail: If you have pain on either side of your toe where the nail meets the skin sometimes with associated redness then you could have the beginnings of an ingrown nail. You can soak your foot in warm water and epsom salt but the real cure is to have the offending part of the nail removed by your podiatrist. It is a simple procedure done in the office.
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. While waiting to see your doctor, 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
Pain is first : Sign. You may have pus or drainage which should be cultured and antibiotic if infected. Erythema or redness is usually a sign on ingrown nail and of course pain with any pressure. Big toe is most common but can happen to smaller toes too.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. If you can't get it out on your own, a podiatrist can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. If it is a chronic condition, there is a very successful surgery that can be done to permanently correct the problem.

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