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How to know if you have in ingrown toenail under the skin or something else?

How to know if you have in ingrown toenail under the skin or something else?

Pain: If you develop pain and redness in border of the toenail most likely you have an ingrown toenail. I would recommend seeking medical attention for you concern. ...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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How to know if you have a little or a lot of the ingrown toenail under the skin?

How to know if you have a little or a lot of the ingrown toenail under the skin?

Swelling, pain: The more severe the ingrown, the more pain, redness and swelling will be present. Do not suffer. This is a relatively easy removal in the office. See your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Skin has gone a little black around my ingrown toenail its hard what should I do?

See a podiatrist.: Your ingrown toenail may be infected, may need a procedure, may just need antibiotics, or you may have developed a dark callus that needs to be trimmed. See your podiatrist for treatment options. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat an ingrown toenail if skin has grown over the top of the ingrown portion?

What's the best way to treat an ingrown toenail if skin has grown over the top of the ingrown portion?

Ingrown: There is only one way, and that is to see your podiatrist for professional help. Don't go the bathroom surgery route. ...Read more

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I think I had an ingrown toenail. For the most part it's stop hurting. What do I do about the flamed skin that is covering my toe more the. Usual?

I think I had an ingrown toenail. For the most part it's stop hurting. What do I do about the flamed skin that is covering my toe more the. Usual?

Treatment: Based on what you describe, you may still require antibiotics or even toe nail removal. See a doctor for further evaluation. Good health. ...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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Skin around toe black 2months after ingrown toenail removal. Is that normal or should I go back to dr?

Skin around toe black 2months after ingrown toenail removal. Is that normal or should I go back to dr?

Go back: It is always good idea to go back. If the dr. Used a chemical to "destroy" the root of your nail, then it may be okay. However, getting it checked out should put both your mind and the dr's at ease. ...Read more

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How often should I keep a band aid over an ingrown toenail where the skin on the outside is red and is hurting?

How often should I keep a band aid over an ingrown toenail where the skin on the outside is red and is hurting?

Needs drainage?: This is called a paronychia, or infected ingrown nail. It may need to be drained, and/or antibiotics. You should have this looked at by your primary care doctor within the next day or two. It's more urgent if it's getting worse. In the mean time, soak it in warm water with Epsom salt for 5-10 minutes 3-4 times per day. It may need more than a bandaid. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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So I had an ingrown toenail removed a few months ago. Went great, but now I have skin growing over the edge of my nail and it hurts what should I do?

So I had an ingrown toenail removed a few months ago. Went great, but now I have skin growing over the edge of my nail and it hurts what should I do?

See a foot Doc.: About the only thing you can do is return to the doctor who removed your nail in the first place. Having said that, make sure whoever evaluates it now has expertise in handling this specific post operative condition. ...Read more

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How to tell if my ingrown toenail developed into a skin abscess?

Many possibilities: Possible signs of having an infected ingrown nail may include: pain increased redness, swelling, bleeding, tightness or drainage at the nail margins. If pain does not improve, or you develop signs of infection, get it evaluated by a professional. ...Read more

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Had total removal of infected ingrown toenail removed in May. Is ok to paint the skin while it grows back? Dr said could take 8 months to grow fully

Paint away Monet.: If that is want you want to do, there is no reason not to. You might occasionally visually inspect the application site to make sure you are not irritating the skin with the paint. For your information, sometimes after a total nail removal, the new nail may show some distortion. This distortion can be temporary or permanent. There is no way of telling until the begins to appear. ...Read more

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Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

See your doctor...: There is obviously something wrong. If I had a patient that wasn't healed after that amount of time I would take an x-ray and take a biopsy of the area for a pathologist to look at. ...Read more

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I have ingrown toenail (infected but no pus or blood) so im soaking my feet in vinegar. Now I have small black dot on skin near toenail. Gangrene?

I have ingrown toenail (infected but no pus or blood) so im soaking my feet in vinegar. Now I have small black dot on skin near toenail. Gangrene?

You state: Your 20 so I would highly doubt it is gangrene. If its infected, just to see a foot doc and have it taken care of correctly. ...Read more

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Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Yes: This probably developed into an abscess. You will need to go to your podiatrist to get this taken care of. This is very routine and will be done in the office. They will numb your toe and remove the side of the nail and clean out the infection. Good luck. ...Read more

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Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Probably: The nail is considered dirty. If it actually breaks the skin you usually get an infection. This can become an abscess if not treated. There may also be a spicule present under the skin that you can not see or get to. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail over year big red both sides now has blisters forming and nail spurs are penetrating skin all the way thru to the skin like splinters.

Ingrown toenail over year big red both sides now has blisters forming and nail spurs are penetrating skin all the way thru to the skin like splinters.

This is potentially: A serious condition that can lead to life threatening infections and even systemic infections that could kill you. Make an appointment to see a podiatrist or other health care professional for immediate evaluation and treatment before more serious issues develop. ...Read more

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The skin on the tip of my big toe is darkening, I've had an ingrown toe nail but that was about 1-2 years ago and healed since then, or so I thought.

The skin on the tip of my big toe is darkening, I've had an ingrown toe nail but that was about 1-2 years ago and healed since then, or so I thought.

Ingrown nail: This sounds indeed like your nail may me in grown again. See your doctor to talk about permanently removing all or a portion of the nail if this is reoccurring problem. Also, make sure your shoes are the correct width, too narrow shoes are a common cause of ingrown nails. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the skin remold around the toe after a removal of an ingrown toe nail?

2-6 weeks: Depends on how the nail was removed and whether it was a temporary or permanent removal. Usually a temporary removal will hel in a couple of weeks. A permanent chemical procedure can take 1-2 months. Discuss with your doctor what you may expect. Dr l. ...Read more

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Big toe sore, skin red, squeezed and pus came out side of toe nail. Is it a possible ingrown toe nail? Infection?

Big toe sore, skin red, squeezed and pus came out side of toe nail. Is it a possible ingrown toe nail? Infection?

Toe infection: Yes. This is an infection, and it can be from an ingrown nail. Clean the toe. Soak it in sitz bath and see your doctor soon for antibiotics. Wear looser shoes to avoid pressure on the wound. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an ingrown toenail?

Pain: Nail that curves into the cuticle is considered ingrown. Cut toenails straight across so that the corners are visible and overhanging the skin to prevent ingrown nails. ...Read more

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How can I know if this swelling is an ingrown toenail or something else?

How can I know if this swelling is an ingrown toenail or something else?

See a Podiatrist: Your question is very vague. I would recommend seeing a specialist to evaluate your concern. If swelling is present in the toe it can many things. Diagnosis may be as simple as an ingrown toenail or as complex as an infection or gout. I would recommend seeing a specialist to answer your questions and evaluate your condition. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail that's infected and I need something for the infection?

I have a ingrown toenail that's infected and I need something for the infection?

Health tap Prime: The easiest way to get it treated is to connect through Health Tap Prime service. Eventually, you may need to have the ingrown toenail removed. This is usually done by your primary care provider or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What can I do about my ingrown toenails?

What can I do about my ingrown toenails?

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 am suffering from searing pain after ingrown toenails were worked on. What should I do?

I am suffering from searing pain after ingrown toenails were worked on. What should I do?

Take care of it.: On occasion a small piece of nail may be left behind that can be source of you pain and discomfort. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...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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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 treat my ingrown toenail at home?

How can I treat my ingrown toenail at home?

By calling your DPM: If your DPM makes house call. Or try first soaking your feet in warm water, wear loose shoes and see if it helps, most likely you need a visit to your Podiatrist ...Read more

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What can I do for a chronic ingrown toenail?

What can I do for a chronic ingrown toenail?

Remove the nail: You can have all or part of the nail permanently removed. ...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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How can I treat ingrown toenail pain quickly?

Try soaking: In warm water to soften the nail and then carefully trimming the nail. If you are diabetic do not try.
Or simply see podiatrist and they will fix you up pronto. ...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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Terribly painful ingrown toenail. What can I do to fix it?

Soaking cana help: You can try to soak the foot in some warm water and epsom salt. This may relieve the pain until you can have the offending part of the nail removed from your skin.

See your local podiatrist soon before the toe gets infected as once the nail pierces the skin it will become infected. It is a simple office procedure which will get you back to a non painful toe. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail and it hurts badly. What can I do?

I have a ingrown toenail and it hurts badly. What can I do?

See Podiatrist: To get proper evaluation and treatment. This will require ingrown portion of nail to be cut out. In the mean time, try soaking and apply antibiotic cream/ointment. If ingrown is superficially and can be easily cut back, you can do this yourself but is deep nor difficult to do, get medical attention. ...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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What to do if I have a ingrown toenail and I need help removing it?

What to do if I have a ingrown toenail and I need help removing it?

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

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