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A 33-year-old member asked:

do all improperly cut toenails lead to an ingrown toenail?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jordan Steinberg
Podiatry 14 years experience
Toenails: No. Improperly cut toenails do not always lead to ingrown toenails.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
No, but...: One should always try to cut the nails strait across to avoid leaving an embedded nail spicule. If you develop pain or redness get it looked at by a professional.
Dr. Robert Breiner
Podiatry 34 years experience
No: The nail grows from the base of your toe, not from the front. You can, however, cut the skin adjacent to the nail and cause the same pain as an ingrown nail.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What will happen if you leave an ingrown toenail but don't get it cut off?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Wynn
Podiatry 40 years experience
Ingrown Nail: I have seen this happen before, more times than i would like...And, it would be one of the worst experiences of your life.... If the infection from an ingrown nail, gets into the bone at the end of your toe ( osteomyelitis ).....The infected bone will need to be removed, and you would then, need IV antibiotics for about 1 months. Please do not let this happen...See a specialist.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if i cut my ingrown toenail but it still hurts?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
See Podiatrist: May have an infection or piece of nail still remains in skin. Soaking in epsom salts may help but it should be checked out. If not treated properly, condition will likely get worse.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can I cut the corner of my ingrown toenail?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
See below: Toenail should normally be cut straight across. This will help to avoid ingrown toenails as well as infection. However, if a portion of nail is growing into skin, the ingrown portion of nail can be cut out at corner. If this cannot be done easily or is very bad, see Podiatrist.
A member asked:

I have an ingrown toenail. How do I cut it?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
In order 2-: -avoid serious complications seek care from a podiatrist.
South Africa
A 30-year-old male asked:

Hi I recently went to a doctor and paid cash as I have an ingrown toenail. I suggested we cut a piece of the toenail however I was afraid. It is now becoming more discomforting. Can you please assist?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Avishka Baichan
Specializes in General Practice
Removal of toenail: Good morning An ingrown toenail is at risk of becoming infected. Your nail would need to be reassessed with the possibility of a toenail removal at the discretion of the attending doctor

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