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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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How do I get rid of an ingrown toenail on my pinky toe?

How do I get rid of an ingrown toenail on my pinky toe?

Ingrown toenail: Start soaking 3x/day and apply topical neosporin. If it does not improve in a few days then see your doctor

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Does md remove ingrown toenails or should I just get a referral for a podiatrist for ingrown toe nail?

Does md remove ingrown toenails or should I just get a referral for a podiatrist for ingrown toe nail?

Depends ont the Dr.: It depends on the doctor. Some do and some don't. However, almost all podiatrist should remove toenails.

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How can I get rid of ingrown toe nails? I have major problems with ingrown toenails, I clip them out only to have them back in a short period of time.

How can I get rid of ingrown toe nails? I have major problems with ingrown toenails, I clip them out only to have them back in a short period of time.

Ingrown nails: Many times, ingrown nails are actually caused by a deformity at the nail root or matrix. If you have had to remove them several times, chances are some type of surgical procedure would need to be done to stop the nail from growing at that border. It is a simple procedure and has very good outcomes.

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Ingrown toenail hurting at base of toe, what do I do?

Ingrown toenail hurting at base of toe, what do I do?

See your podiatrist: Sounds like you might have an infection. The ingrown part of the nail probably has to be removed.

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I keep getting ingrown toenails. I have had minor surgery 3 times on my toes and major surgery done once. They are very painful. What should I do?

I keep getting ingrown toenails. I have had minor surgery 3 times on my toes and major surgery done once. They are very painful. What should I do?

Ingrown toe nail: Ingrown toe nails do hurt. You have had a reoccurring toe nail that has been treated and yet it comes back. You will need to see a podiatrist and have a partial matrixectomy (kill the part of the tissue that grows the nail). That should take care of it.

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How can I know if this is an ingrown toenail on my big toe?

How can I know if this is an ingrown toenail on my big toe?

You will have pain: Due to poorly fitted narrow tipped shoes outer edge of nail big toe grows into flesh, causing pain, aggravates by wearing shoes. Some times you can see red flesh, pus at the edge of nail. It is time to see your dpm or md (most of md s do not perform toe nail surgery) to help you.

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Is it okay to put orajel on my toe where I just got an ingrown toenail removed?

Is it okay to put orajel on my toe where I just got an ingrown toenail removed?

It is recommended: Just squeeze a line of Orajel along the cuticle and let soak for 2 or 3 minutes and the pain is gone. Since the active ingredient, benzocaine, is actually a topical local anesthetic, it numbs the area where it is applied, and prevents those nerves from sending signals to the brain.

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What can I do to protect my toe during a shower after having surgery for an ingrown toenail?

What can I do to protect my toe during a shower after having surgery for an ingrown toenail?

Toenail aftercare: That depends on what type of surgery you had for the ingrown toe nail. Most of the time, that type of surgery requires some soaking of the toe following surgery. In some cases however, there are sutures in place and the toe needs to be kept dry. With any surgical procedure you should have received written instructions on your aftercare. You need to contact your provider for clarification.

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I looked and it doesn't seem like there's an ingrown toenail at all, or any kind of swelling. So why does my toe hurt?

Many reasons.: Could still be an incurvated toenail, or you could have sprained or broken it stubbing it on furniture. If more than one toe hurts, see a podiatrist, pcp, or rheumatologist (or even a neurologist) to rule out arthritis, systemic conditions, neuropathy, or other issues.

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I have 2 ingrown toenail. The one on my right toe healed on its own. How can I help heal this annoying toenail monster?

Nail care: Ingrown toenails can be temporarily 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. If you have continued pain, redness or drainage, get it looked at by a professional as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed and you may need antibiotics.

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I have ingrown toenails on every toe. They are so bad that I can't cut them, and around them is purple. They are also swollen. How do I stop them?

Get them trimmed: They are probably just incurvated and difficult for you to trim. Getting them done by a Podiatrist maybe be very simple for the doc and probably painless for you if that's the case

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I think I had an ingrown toenail. For the most part it's stop hurting. What do I do about the flamed skin that is covering my toe more the. Usual?

Treatment: Based on what you describe, you may still require antibiotics or even toe nail removal. See a doctor for further evaluation. Good health.

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I have a recurring issue of an ingrown toenail on the big toes of my feet. What options are there to fix this?

I have a recurring issue of an ingrown toenail on the big toes of my feet. What options are there to fix this?

Shoes or foot type: If your toenail is chronically ingrown. You may have flat feet or your shoes may not give u enough room. Pointy shoes do come with their challenges. I would advise you go to a podiatrist so they can discuss the possible causes

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Ingrown toenail I smashed my big toe and the nail eventuality fell off but it's curling inwards, is there anything I can do?

Ingrown toenail I smashed my big toe and the nail eventuality fell off but it's curling inwards, is there anything I can do?

Damaged nail: After you damage your nail, you have to be careful of ingrown toenails and weakly growing nails. Try to take an oral compound of zinc with biotin to help with the nail growth. Also apply a small amount of a topical antibiotic around the cuticle to help prevent an infection. See a podiatrist for treatment.

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I had an ingrown toenail and tried the nail bracing technique to life it and relieve the pressure. Now I have discoloration in the corner of my toe.

I had an ingrown toenail and tried the nail bracing technique to life it and relieve the pressure. Now I have discoloration in the corner of my toe.

Separation anxiety.: Discoloring of the nail can be caused by several things. Your history narrows the possibilities. An examination would simplify getting to the real problem. Having said that, more than likely the color change is either due to air getting under the nail or the effects of a fungal infection starting in the corner area of the nail. Both can occur when the plate is separated from the underlying bed.

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I have had ingrown toenails on both big toes for 6 months now. Really getting painful. What is te best way to remove ingrown toenails?

See podiatrist: There is a procedure known as a matricectomy to have this done. Local anesthesia is required. The procedure is a quick 5-10 minute procedure. Your problem should be gone afterwards.....Forever.

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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


Toes (Definition)

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