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A 20-year-old member asked:

is there anything i can do for a painful ingrown toenail?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Possibly: Home remedies for ingrown toenails include soaking in a solution of warm water and epsom salt. Some have also found benefit to putting a small wad of cotton between the nail and the nail fold (skin). Unfortunately, home remedies for ingrown toenails are not very effective. Lack of improvement or pus warrants a visit to your doctor or podiatrist.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Cut it out: A painful ingrown toenail can get infected and lead to serious problems if not treated carefully and properly. It is usually just a minor surgical procedure to remove the ingrown edge. Sometimes the bed can be cauterized to prevent that edge from growing back. Often, just proper trimming can prevent it from coming back.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
In office procedure: Ingrown toenails are easily resolved via an in office procedure where the toe is numbed and the offending border(s) removed. In some cases a permanent correction can be performed.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Nail care: An ingrown toenail can feel like you have a thorn stuck in your skin. All the soaks, antibiotics and anything else in the world will not be able to get rid of this completely. You need to get that little piece of nail out to completely in order to resolve the issue. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How painful is an ingrown toenail?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Varies: An ingrown toenail can be very painful and create infection if not treated by removing the piece of nail.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Terribly painful ingrown toenail. What can I do to fix it?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Breiner
Podiatry 34 years experience
Soaking cana help: You can try to soak the foot in some warm water and epsom salt. This may relieve the pain until you can have the offending part of the nail removed from your skin. See your local podiatrist soon before the toe gets infected as once the nail pierces the skin it will become infected. It is a simple office procedure which will get you back to a non painful toe.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How painful is it when getting an ingrown toenail taken care of at the doctor's?

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Dr. Todd Skiles
Podiatry 31 years experience
Not bad. : The worst part is the injections to numb the toe. A podiatrist does these type of injections daily and should be very good at giving them with the least amount of pain possible. Use of Ethyl Chloride spray at the time of the injection is very helpful in easing the injection pain.
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 28 years experience
Typically the worst part is anticipating the shot. Obviously patients handle pain differently. Mention to the doctor your concerns and most physicians would take extra time to minimize your discomfort.
Feb 11, 2013
A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have an ingrown toenail, how do I numb the pain to fix it?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
You don't: The podiatrist does.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

I have a ingrown toenail and there isn't an appointment available until August 15th. I was wondering what can I do to ease the pain?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Ice, elevate, pain -: -Rx. Not much else 2 do. Sometimes warm soapy soaks help. U can also tell the office that U will take a spot if there is a cancellation.

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