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Please help! My ingrown toenail hurts so bad, what can I do?

Please help! My ingrown toenail hurts so bad, what can I do?

See a podiatrist: An ingrown toenail that does not improve with soaking and antibiotics may need to be surgically removed. See a podiatrist who is trained to do this procedure. ...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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Please help! My ingrown toenail hurts so bad. What should I do?

Please help! My ingrown toenail hurts so bad. 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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Could fluocinonide or nystatin and triamcinolone cream help my ingrown toenail?

Could fluocinonide or nystatin and triamcinolone cream help my ingrown toenail?

No: 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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Could I have help with sore ingrown toenails. I'm not sure whether to get them surgically removed but am scared it will be very painful. Is it and any advice?

Could I have help with sore ingrown toenails. I'm not sure whether to get them surgically removed but am scared it will be very painful. Is it and any advice?

Discomfort may vary: The healing rates can vary depending on the individual and on the exact type of procedure performed. There are different types of nail procedures. Discuss the recovery time with your surgeon who will be performing your surgery. If you have had repeated recurrence of the ingrown nails it may be good idea to have them removed permanently. Post op pain is usually only temporary. ...Read more

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Will hot water and bleach help an infected ingrown toenail.?

No...: You risk burning yourself with the temperature of the water and chemically due to the basic ph of the bleach. Make an appointment to see a podiatrist. Prior to your visit, you can begin soaking your toes in a white vinegar-water (1:4) solution for about 10-15 minutes. The vinegar is a natural anti-fungal/antiseptic and the acidic nature will help reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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Please help! I have an ingrown toenail, what should I do?

Please help! I have an ingrown toenail, what should I do?

See a podiatrist: Removal of an ingrown toenail is a simple procedure under local anesthesia.

You can try to soak the toe in warm water with epsom salt to soften the skin and then try to lift the nail edge and pack a small piece of cotton under it. Apply antiseptic and bandaid. ...Read more

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Right leg. The top tip of my big toe has constaint pain. The nail bed always hurts never goes away. Don't belive its gout or ingrown toenail. Help plz?

Right leg. The top tip of my big toe has constaint pain. The nail bed always hurts never goes away. Don't belive its gout or ingrown toenail. Help plz?

Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection (ingrown nail), metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. ...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 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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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 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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What to do if I may have an ingrown toenail?

What to do if I may have an ingrown toenail?

Nail care: The ingrown part of the nail is not always visible. Try 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 redness and drainage, get it looked at by a professional, as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed. ...Read more

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How can I treat ingrown toenail pain quickly?

How can I treat ingrown toenail pain quickly?

Try soaking: In warm water to soften the nail and then carefully trimming the nail. If you are diabetic do not try.
Or simply see podiatrist and they will fix you up pronto. ...Read more

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What can I do to ease my ingrown toenail pain?

What can I do to ease my ingrown toenail pain?

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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How can I tell if I have got an ingrown toenail?

Pain and redness: There will be swelling, pain, redness and possible discharge that is yellow or red coming from the side of the nail fold. ...Read more

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Why is it that I keep getting a ingrown toenail?

You keep using: Bad shoes with narrow tip, besides need correct complete treatments see your podiatrist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown nail: The very best thing to do, is to see your podiatrist who will care for it. I always tell my patients homecare is bs - bathroom surgery and is not advisable. ...Read more

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What will happen if I do not treat my ingrown toenail?

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 more

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I'm getting an ingrown toenail. What can I do at home?

If it is easily seen: You can cut the piece out and apply antibiotic ointment on it. If it is not easily visualized or accessible, see a podiatrist. Wear proper fitting shoes and remember to cut toenails straight across and as a rule, do not round corners or cut down sides. ...Read more

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I have a really bad ingrown toenail. What should I do?

Nail care: The ingrown part of the nail is not always visible. Try 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 redness and drainage, get it looked at by a professional, as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do for a painful ingrown toenail?

Is there anything I can do for a painful ingrown toenail?

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 more

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Terribly painful ingrown toenail. What can I do to fix it?

Soaking cana help: You can try to soak the foot in some warm water and epsom salt. This may relieve the pain until you can have the offending part of the nail removed from your skin.

See your local podiatrist soon before the toe gets infected as once the nail pierces the skin it will become infected. It is a simple office procedure which will get you back to a non painful toe. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail and it hurts badly. What can I do?

See Podiatrist: To get proper evaluation and treatment. This will require ingrown portion of nail to be cut out. In the mean time, try soaking and apply antibiotic cream/ointment. If ingrown is superficially and can be easily cut back, you can do this yourself but is deep nor difficult to do, get medical attention. ...Read more

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My ingrown toenail hurts a lot!!! What can I do for the pain?

See below: The best thing would be to see a podiatrist and have it treated but you can try to soak the toe in warm water with Epsom salt and then when soft try to pack a small piece of cotton under the nail edge. Apply antiseptic and band aid.
If infection is present that needs to be treated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can relieve ingrown toenail pain quickly?

Can you tell me how I can relieve ingrown toenail pain quickly?

Nail care: The ingrown part of the nail is not always visible. Try 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 redness and drainage, get it looked at by a professional, as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toenail, it has an odor, what can I do for it?

Start tx: Start soaks with white vinegar and water, apply antibiotic cream and see ur foot doctor asap. ...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