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How To Cut Out An Ingrown Toenail At Home
I have an ingrown toenail that is hurting really bad but I don't currently have the money to pay to get it cut out. What is the best home remedy?
Soak.......: Soak, soak, soak, soak and then try to trim away the sharp piece of nail that is causing the problem. Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 an successful result that just cutting it out. From someone who has treated thousands of them, see a foot specialist. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wouldn't try at home: This could be dangerous due to the high incidence of infection in this area. If untreated (or improperly treated) you could harbor an infection which can easily penetrate the bone under the nail. A bone infection is very serious and expensive to treat (see osteomyelitis). If bothersome, just see a doctor for help. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My toe nail fell off 6 months ago while moving over seas. It started growing back and was almost grown except it had an ingrown toenail so I cut it an?
My right big toe is infected and I think it's because of an ingrown toenail. Is there any at home remedies that can help before I can see a doctor?
Warm soak: You can try to soak it on warm water with Epsom salt. This kind of thing can however get worse, and often needs to be lanced, or have a portion if the nail removed. Typically an office based procedure with local anesthesia. I would see your doctor as soon as you can. Hope this helps! Read more
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