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i think i have an ingrown toe nail. what is the best treatment for this?

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Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Podiatry 36 years experience
A podiatrist: Ingrown toenails are one of the most undertreated of foot problems, and not without consequences. Untreated problems can lead to bone infection of the toe, requiring IV antibiotics and even surgery. Make an appointment and get it treated promptly.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Removal of : The offending nail portion.Best to be done by podiatrist.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Removal, antibiotics: If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary (you're numbed up for this, don't worry!). 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. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
The procedure to: Remove an ingrown toenail is painless, fast & easy, with no disability or pain afterwards, and you can wear your regular shoes right away. There really is no reason to not bring your toe to a podiatrist and get out of pain. Resist any urge to mess with this yourself, as you'll almost always make things worse. Good luck!

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