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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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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


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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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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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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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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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What do you suggest if i cut my ingrown toenail but it still hurts?

What do you suggest if i cut my ingrown toenail but it still hurts?

See Podiatrist: May have an infection or piece of nail still remains in skin. Soaking in epsom salts may help but it should be checked out. If not treated properly, condition will likely get worse. ...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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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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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