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What causes an ingrown toenail?

What causes an ingrown toenail?

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 more

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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Easiest way to fix my ingrown toenail?

Easiest way to fix my 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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What happens if you have an ingrown toenail?

What happens if you have an ingrown toenail?

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 more

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What are the chances of having an ingrown toenail?

What are the chances of having an ingrown toenail?

See comment: If it is sore to touch then you better see a specialist. ...Read more

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Are there any solutions to correcting ingrown toenail?

Are there any solutions to correcting ingrown toenail?

Yes: See podiatrist. Podiatrist will be able to easily relief problem and discuss options to prevent recurrence. This also includes proper foot wear and hygeine. ...Read more

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How do I fix my ingrown toenail?

Nail care: An ingrown toenail can feel like you have a thorn stuck in your skin. All the soaks, antibiotics and anything else in the world will not be able to get rid of this completely. You need to get that little piece of nail out to completely in order to resolve the issue. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications. ...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 painful is an ingrown toenail?

How painful is an ingrown toenail?

Can be a pretty: Sharp pain. Most commonly there is a sharp spike of a nail poking or penetrating. Press on it the wrong way and it feels like you're being stabbed down there. ...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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What to do about my ingrown toenail?

Podiatrist: The only way to properly fix an ingrown toenails is to have the sharp portion of the nail which is digging into your skin removed by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What is done for an ingrown toenail?

Remove....: Or cut out portion of nail that is ingrown. Depending on severity this can be done with or without anesthesia. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be necessary. In recurrent situations there are procedures to prevent that portion of nail from regrowing. ...Read more

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How long will an ingrown toenail last?

Ingrown nail: It is going to last as long as it there. ...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 to deal with ingrown toenail pain?

Don't deal with it.: Get it treated. Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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How can you sort a ingrown toenail out?

How can you sort a ingrown toenail out?

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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What are the symptoms of Ingrown toenail?

The symptoms of Ingrown toenail include:: Toe pain, Toe swelling, Big toe pain, Big toe swelling, Toe inflammation. ...Read more

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What can be done about an ingrown toenail?

What can be done about 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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What are some signs of an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenail sign: Pain on pressure, redness, drainage, discoloration of the nail, selling of the skin next to the nail. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail. What should I do?

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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Can I cut the corner of my ingrown toenail?

Can I cut the corner of my ingrown toenail?

See below: Toenail should normally be cut straight across. This will help to avoid ingrown toenails as well as infection. However, if a portion of nail is growing into skin, the ingrown portion of nail can be cut out at corner. If this cannot be done easily or is very bad, see Podiatrist. ...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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How can I treat my ingrown toenail at home?

How can I treat my ingrown toenail at home?

By calling your DPM: If your DPM makes house call. Or try first soaking your feet in warm water, wear loose shoes and see if it helps, most likely you need a visit to your 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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What can I do for a chronic ingrown toenail?

Remove the nail: You can have all or part of the nail permanently removed. ...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 to do about ingrown toenail if athlete?

What to do about ingrown toenail if athlete?

See podiatrist: It can be taken care of in a proper and aseptic manner. ...Read more

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