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I have an ingrown toenail. How do I cut it?

I have an ingrown toenail. How do I cut it?

In order 2-: -avoid serious complications seek care from a podiatrist. ...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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I just cut my toenails last night but I feel like it might be an ingrown toenail. What can I do to ease the pain though?

I just cut my toenails last night but I feel like it might be an ingrown toenail. What can I do to ease the pain though?

Let me advice you: If you think you are getting ingrown toenail try to keep clean and dry, soak it with h2o2 and warm water twice a day wear lose shoe, hopefully this will help, if does not see your doctor. ...Read more

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So, I have 2 infected and ingrown toenails, with which I was able to completely cut off both nails. No pain at all... is this bad? What should I do?

You need to: Make sure that you have removed the ingrown toenail at the nail bed, or it will grow crooked again and cause the same issue later. Usually this requires some anesthesia and chemical sterilization to make sure that the nail regrows straight and unhindered. If you had no pain on cutting off the nail, it is likely that you did not reach the nailbed. Please see a healthcare provider for proper exam ...Read more

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Do all improperly cut toenails lead to an ingrown toenail?

Do all improperly cut toenails lead to an ingrown toenail?

No: The nail grows from the base of your toe, not from the front. You can, however, cut the skin adjacent to the nail and cause the same pain as an ingrown nail. ...Read more

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What will happen if you leave an ingrown toenail but don't get it cut off?

What will happen if you leave an ingrown toenail but don't get it cut off?

Ingrown Nail: I have seen this happen before, more times than I would like... And, it would be one of the worst experiences of your life.... If the infection from an ingrown nail, gets into the bone at the end of your toe (osteomyelitis)..... The infected bone will need to be removed, and you would then, need IV antibiotics for about 1 months. Please do not let this happen... See a specialist. ...Read more

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I had an ingrown toenail cut out about 2 weeks ago and it's not getting any better. Should I see my PCP again?

I had an ingrown toenail cut out about 2 weeks ago and it's not getting any better. Should I see my PCP again?

Podiatrist's Forte.: Two weeks is certainly enough time to wait for improvement. It is obvious that further intervention is needed. Have a specialist that treats hundreds of these annually have a look. There is a lot more to a successful result that just cutting it out. From someone who has treated thousands of them, see a foot specialist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to cut ingrown toenails by myself?

Is it safe to cut ingrown toenails by myself?

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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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 ...Read more

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I've got an ingrown toenail and a couple weeks of go I cut off the piece of toenail out, but still have pain. Are they gonna get rid of the extra skin on the sides?

I've got an ingrown toenail and a couple weeks of go I cut off the piece of toenail out, but still have pain. Are they gonna get rid of the extra skin on the sides?

Please see your MD: Lot of things could be done 'by do it yourself' but not on human body,. Especially your own. You may be in-traducing potentially dangerous infections into you even lethal tetanus infection, please go and see you doctor or dpm. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenails hard to cut.tried soak.tea tree oil. Vicks. ACVinegar.any ideas.

Ingrown toenails hard to cut.tried soak.tea tree oil. Vicks. ACVinegar.any ideas.

Think it over.: Since you nails are both ingrown and hard to cut, why not have then examined by a specialist. The problem can be permanently corrected in the office with pain and risk. At least see a specialist for the specifics so that you can be informed before you consent. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail I have ingrown toenails on both of my big toes since 2009. They aren't that bad right now. I have a little purple spot where the cut is and it isn't curled. My toes don't hurt when I walk or run they just hurt when I stub my toe or someone

Ingrown toenail I have ingrown toenails on both of my big toes since 2009. They aren't that bad right now. I have a little purple spot where the cut is and it isn't curled. My toes don't hurt when I walk or run they just hurt when I stub my toe or someone

Removal...: 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

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I have an ingrown toenail, is it possible that it heals by itself?

I have an ingrown toenail, is it possible that it heals by itself?

Pain, redness.: Redness and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage indicates an "ingrown toenail". If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. While waiting to see your doctor, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid. ...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