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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Is there a home remedy for an ingrown toenail?

Is there a home remedy for an ingrown toenail?

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 more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

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


Dr. David Hettinger
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Please help! what is the best home remedy for an ingrown toenail that hurts?

Please help! what is the best home remedy for an ingrown toenail that hurts?

Soaks for a start...: An infection in the area can be treated locally by soaks - i like dilute vinegar soaks beacuse they provide an acid environment which is not conducive to most opportunistic bacteria (the ones that take advantage of an opportunity to get in). Also use a topical antibiotic cream. If the redness doesn't go away soon, you may need an oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
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I had surgery 2 weeks ago for an ingrown toenail.My toe is now infected, but the doctor's aren't doing anything to help.What should I do? Home remedy?

I had surgery 2 weeks ago for an ingrown toenail.My toe is now infected, but the doctor's aren't doing anything to help.What should I do? Home remedy?

See doctor : If you're concerned about an infection, you should see your doctor immediately. Some doctors will recommend salt water soaks after ingrown toenail removal but that will not help once the toe is infected. An infection should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Is warm water foot bath with sea salt good home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Is the sea salt beneficial?

Is warm water foot bath with sea salt good home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Is the sea salt beneficial?

So the : Water will initially soften the nail and the salt can help kill infection if one is present but at sametime it can also burn. Best bet is to see foot doctor because you risk further infection playing around with it. ...Read more

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What is the best home treatment for ingrown toenail ? Will warm foot bath with Epsom salt help? Will it help prevent infection/abscess ?

What is the best home treatment for ingrown toenail ? Will warm foot bath with Epsom salt help? Will it help prevent infection/abscess ?

Ingrown toenail: soaking your toe in Epsom salts and warm water is a good treatment at home for an ingrown toenail. If the pain and swelling and redness does not decrease you will need to see a podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Farber
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Remedy for ingrown toenail?

A good podiatrist : A good podiatrist can show you proper nail care and offer more permanent solutions if necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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What is the remedy for an ingrown toenail?

What is the remedy for an ingrown toenail?

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 more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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I've had an ingrown toenail for around 3 years now. Inflammation and pain is coming from my ingrown toenail. What should I do for treatment?

I've had an ingrown toenail for around 3 years now. Inflammation and pain is coming from my ingrown toenail. What should I do for treatment?

See a professional: 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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Dr. Steven Sheskier
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Which treatment if you have an ingrown toenails which are nasty and very painful is the very best?

See chiropodist: Chiropodists or podiatrists are well trained and versed in the care of ingrown toe nails. Some just require soaking +- antibiotics and professional trimming of the nail. If very bad with granulation tissue (chronic sore) or unresponsive to conservative therapy may require surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Could you tell me what's the best treatment of ingrown toenails?

Could you tell me what's the best treatment of ingrown toenails?

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 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


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