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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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How can I treat an ingrown toenail at home?

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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How can I remove an ingrown toenail at home as painlessly as possible?

How can I remove an ingrown toenail at home as painlessly as possible?

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?

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

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 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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How can an ingrown toenail be treated at home?

First aid: Treat by soaking, topical antibiotics. And open toed shoes. If you want to get better see a podiatrist. 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 an 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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Looking for home remedies for ingrown toenails?

Looking for home remedies for ingrown toenails?

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 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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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