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I have an ingrown toenail, is it possible that it heals by itself?

I have an ingrown toenail, is it possible that it heals by itself?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

Also called onychocryptosis, this condition occurs when 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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Do ingrown toenails heal themselves? I get them alot & they usually go away but I have one now and don't want surgery. Should I wait? It isn't infected

Do ingrown toenails heal themselves? I get them alot & they usually go away but I have one now and don't want surgery. Should I wait? It isn't infected

An ingrown nail: Actually would not go away, unless you cut a piece of nail away, If there was an infection this sometimes goes away as the body can be strong enough to get rid of the infectionÂ….try soaking and applying topical antibiotic but if it does't get better go to your local podiatrist for treatment. ...Read more

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How can I heal an ingrown toenail swollen area?

How can I heal an ingrown toenail swollen area?

It may hurt, but...: It's possible but unlikely that it will just heal. 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. ...Read more

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How long does an ingrown toenail take to heal?

How long does an ingrown toenail take to heal?

Have it checked: What you describe is a condition known as onychocryptosis or ingrown toenail. The symptoms can vary from very mild to severe depending on how long it has been present. It occurs when part of the nail penetrates the skin, which can often result in an infection. The treatment includes antibiotics, and removal of the offending part of the nail. See a dermatologist or podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What's the longest an ingrown toenail after surgery can take to heal completely with no pain?

What's the longest an ingrown toenail after surgery can take to heal completely with no pain?

Many possibilities: Pain may last a long time following surgery. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment if the pain persists after a few weeks. ...Read more

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How long do ingrown toenails take to heal?

How long do ingrown toenails take to heal?

If treated properly: A minor problem will heal quickly. If you're talking about a 'permanent' correction (matrixectomy), then it will take a few weeks. There is typically very little in the way of disability, though. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ingrown toenails that were reomoved to fully heal?

How long does it take for ingrown toenails that were reomoved to fully heal?

Depends: On extent of problem, procedure performed, if infection is present as well as your circulatory status. Could be days to several weeks. ...Read more

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How do I fix an ingrown toenail?

How do I fix an ingrown toenail?

It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. Soak to soften the area and try to get it free. 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. ...Read more

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How do I treat an ingrown toenail?

How do I treat an ingrown toenail?

Podiatrist: For mild ingrown toenail trim back nail and pack with cotton. For infected nail the inflammed tissue may need to be professionally removed by a foot doctor. If this is a recurrent problem there is an in office acid procedure which narrows the nail and prevents recurrences. ...Read more

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How can I dissolve an ingrown toenail?

Not the best way: Seeing a podiatrist to have it taken care of properly is the best way to resolve an ingrown toenail. Sometimes, 40-50% urea can be applied to the nail under occlusion to hydrolize (waterlog) the toenail to have it come off might be what you are thinking. ...Read more

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How can I treat an ingrown toenail at home?

Nail care...: Ingrown toenails can be remedied through soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic ointment to temporarily soften the corners. One should always try to cut the nails strait across to avoid leaving an embedded nail spicule. If pain or redness continues get it looked at by a professional. ...Read more

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

In order 2-: -avoid serious complications seek care from a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What to do if I may have an ingrown toenail?

What to do if I may have an ingrown toenail?

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. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenail.: You will usually have pain along the sides and tips of your toenail borders, if you have ingrown toenail. And, if these borders are also red and swollen, you may also have an infected ingrown toenail problem. ...Read more

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What can I do to care for an ingrown toenail?

What can I do to care for an ingrown toenail?

See a podiatrist: You might make the problem worse trying to dig them out yourself in terms of increased pain or infection.

A podiatrist can give you fast pain relief. If this is a recurrent issue, there are permanent procedures that keep this from bothering you again in the future. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more