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I've had an ingrown toenail for almost 2 years and it's become really bad! and i've tried everything . What do I do now?
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
See below. : Most commonly nail being cut too short or incorrectly. Toenails should normally be cut straight across and not with rounded corners. They should not be cut lower than skin. Other common causes are trauma, tight shoes or heredity. Some congenitial conditions or syndromes may cause this as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Onychocryptosis: 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 by your local podiatrist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infection: If it become infected and spreads to the underlying bone, it can become a problem that can require hospitalization, IV antibiotics, extensive surgery including amputation. If you have circulation issues or diabetes, your risk of this increases. Treating ingrown nails before infection is often easier than once it has set in. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Hettinger's : Answer was excellent, but one thing i'd like to add: don't try to remove an ingrown toenail yourself. This is particularly true if you're diabetic or have poor circulation or compromised health. It's just so simple and easy for a podiatrist to remove these things, there really is no reason to try to mess with this yourself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a medication that i can take orally that would knock me out for an ingrown toenail procedure cause im bad with shots?
Yes: Your doctor should be able to offer a pill to relax you and make the injections easier. You can't be made unconscious, but it should calm you enough that the minute or so it takes to numb your toe will be no big deal. They can also use cold spray on the skin so you hardly feel the actual needle stick, just a little stinging from the medication. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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