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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

Onychocryptosis is the medical name for ingrown toe nail. The nail can be flat or curved and still be ingrown. The margin of the nail impinges into the flesh (nail fold) on either side of the nail or even the end of the nail. This can lead to violation of the skin (paronychia) and open you up to infections. These are painful and can easily be treated ...Read more


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How do you treat ingrown toe nails?

How do you treat ingrown toe nails?

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. ...Read more

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Both of my big toes have ingrown toe nails, what should I do?

Both of my big toes have ingrown toe nails, what should I do?

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. ...Read more

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What causes ingrown toe-nails to form?

What causes ingrown toe-nails to form?

Reasons for ingrowns: This annoying condition is usually the result of clipping the corners of the big toenails so deeply and sharply that a small sharp fragment of nail is left. As the nail grows, this sharp spear is jabbed into the nail-fold, breaking the skin and instantly becoming a foreign body. The body attacks, and the rest is history. Treatment consists of removing the fold of skin and the spear. ...Read more

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Can ingrown toe nails resolve on their own?

Not usually: Most toenails require help to grow out or will need removal. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat ingrown toe nails?

What are some ways to treat ingrown toe nails?

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. ...Read more

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Why do you get ingrown toe nails?

Why do you get ingrown toe nails?

Many reasons: It could be from injury it could be from cutting your nails incorrectly, it could be from tight socks or tight shoes. ...Read more

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Can I do anything to prevent ingrown toe nails?

Yes: Some people do have success with placing small cotton between the nail and nail fold. You can cut the toenail on a slight angle if it would otherwise grow in. If this is a chronic problem a podiatrist can permenately remove the ingrowing portion of the ingrown nail. This is a simple in office procedure. ...Read more

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How do I prevent ingrown toe nails?

Cut nails straight: Cutting the nails straight across is always recommended. However, sometimes if the nail is slightly ingrown this won't help, you may have to carefully cut the corner on a slant. Be careful not to cut any skin. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more