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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

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


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Home remedies to remove calcium build up on your toenails?

Home remedies to remove calcium build up on your toenails?

No such thing: No such thing as calcium buildup in toenails. It's more likely white superficial onychomycosis. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the best possible way to remove an ingrown toe nail from home?

Can you please tell me the best possible way to remove an ingrown toe nail from home?

You can not: It is difficult to remove the ingrown nail while doing 'bathroom' surgery. An ingrown nail is when a nail spicule protrudes downward into the nail groove. That is the most difficult part for an individual to perform on themselves. Very often that spicule gets worse and infection will occur. This infection is very close to the bone and can easily cause osteomyelitis. See your podiatrist for proper care. ...Read more

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I experience random hot flashes in my left foot. When I am at home my foot gets suddenly really warm until I remove my sock.

I experience random hot flashes in my left foot. When I am at home my foot gets suddenly really warm until I remove my sock.

May be a form: Of neuropathy....A emg/ncv test typically performed by a neurologist may be of value in confirming a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can you remove fungus on my toenails?

How can you remove fungus on my toenails?

Treating fungus...: Treating fungus in nails is challenging and takes at least 6-8 weeks. If you are young and healthy and the nails are just yellow - applying antifungal cream (like lamisil) to the nails twice daily. Or see your doctor for pills. Once the nail is thickend and deformed, or if you are diabetic it is much harder to treat. Applying vick's to the nails every night will soften them & make them less painful. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for fungus under toenails?

Are there any home remedies for fungus under toenails?

TeaTreeOil and Vicks: Pure tea tree oil applied to the underside of the nail twice daily can be effective. Or, vicksvaporub applied the same way. Also very important is good nutrition and hygeine. Changing shoes and socks daily, or more often if sweating is a problem. Your feet must be kept dry. Fungal infections can be very difficult to get rid of and can require weeks of treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I got my toenail removed for the second time, will it grow back?

Depends: It depends if the nail was just removed (avulsion) or if the nail and root were removed (matrixectomy). If properly done, a nail matrixectomy will not allow the toenail to grow back. ...Read more

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My toenail was removed in the military and never grew back. What can I do?

Not much: If your toenail was removed and never grew back, it seems a matrixectomy (destruction of the cells that make the nail grow) was performed. If this was the case, you will never have a nail. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my toenail was removed in the military and never grew back.?

What do you suggest if my toenail was removed in the military and never grew back.?

That's it: Nothing you can do about it. If the is any bit of the nail left you can create a fake nail but that would be a process you would have to do every so often...I'm not sure if you are male or female if your male...I don't think it's a big deal if your female then you could always polish the area or apply a fake nail. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a removed toenail to grow back? And what makes it grow faster?

How long does it take for a removed toenail to grow back? And what makes it grow faster?

Toenails: Depending on which toenail it is it usually takes upto 1 year or longer for a toenails to regrow. Normal diet is important as are other medical conditions such as diabetes. Folic acid and vit. B supplements may help. ...Read more

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Need some help on lifting toenail. Any home solutions? Once it's cured will the toenail grow back? Thanks.

Need some help on lifting toenail. Any home solutions? Once it's cured will the toenail grow back? Thanks.

Cut toenail: The toenail needs to be cut at angle so that it does not cut into skin and a wedge of cotton is placed between toenail and skin so that itvdoes not cit into the skin. Continued soaking to calm inflammation is necessary. There are some individuals who are prone to recurrent ingrown nails and it can be familial. A permanent phenol procedure by podiatrist may be necessary. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for black toenails?

Are there any home remedies for black toenails?

A few: Home remedies for nail fungus include:

vick's vaporub
listerine mouthwash
tea tree oil

they might help the appearance a little, but usually does not cure the infection. On the plus side they are cheap, and will cause no harm.

It can also be a bruised toenail, which if painless usually fade in time. If painful it might be a hematoma that needs podiatric treatment. If all fails, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What are the home treatments for black toenails?

Black Toenails: Dark colored or black toenails can indicate a nail fungus infection or a sub ungual hematoma (blood deposit under the toenail). The worse scenario is a condition known as melanoma. See a podiatrist for the best diagnosis of this problem. ...Read more

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Do you recommend having the fungus toenail removed?

Do you recommend having the fungus toenail removed?

Not usually: I have seen many patients that had their previous doctor remove the nail for this reason. More times than not the nail grew back thick and the fungus recurred. I would exhaust conservative care if possible first. If you still end up having the nail removed, treat it prophylactically with a topical nail antifungal once you first see regrowth of the nail. ...Read more

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I had my toenail removed. Should I go to school tomorrow?

I had my toenail removed. Should I go to school tomorrow?

Yes: Yes, but make sure you are wearing shoes that are either open toe or loose fitting in the toe area. Tight shoes will hurt your toe by the end of the day. ...Read more

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What to do about a toenail abscess at home, such as soaking?

What to do about a toenail abscess at home, such as soaking?

Maybe: If this is a paronychia (small area of pus at edge of nail) soaking may allow it to open and drain. If it persists, gets red outside of that area, becomes increasingly swollen and painful, or have any systemic signs of infection (fever, chills, loss of appetite, etc.) see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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How long after getting a toenail removed does it take to walk again?

How long after getting a toenail removed does it take to walk again?

Toe nail surgery: Usually after toe nail surgery...You are able to bear weight....Immediately. But, if you are to active you will flush out your local anesthetic.... I recommend staying off your foot for the day of surgery...And then resuming your activity as tolerated...But, keep it clean and covered...Be sure to confirm this with the doctor who is doing your surgery...Procedures vary... ...Read more

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Will I miss a lot of work if I have a diseased toenail surgically removed?

Will I miss a lot of work if I have a diseased toenail surgically removed?

Depends: On your occupation. Most of the time you will not miss a lot of work. ...Read more

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I had a toenail removed 3 days ago and it's still bleeding. Is that normal?

I had a toenail removed 3 days ago and it's still bleeding. Is that normal?

Toenail bleeding: Not usually normal. Good idea to report this to the surgeon, to be sure all is ok. ...Read more

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I have a broken toenail. I want to know if it should be removed. Can send pic.

No: No it does not need to be removed, because as the new nail grows it will push the partial nail and the new nail will replace the broken nail ...Read more

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I had a toenail removed 5 days ago and I'm still in terrible pain. Is that normal?

I had a toenail removed 5 days ago and I'm still in terrible pain. Is that normal?

No: Pain from removal of toenail should decrease daily.
Need to see the doctor and make sure there is not an infection. ...Read more

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How long should it take for the swelling to go down after having a toenail removed?

How long should it take for the swelling to go down after having a toenail removed?

Should start: Pretty fast.....Within few hours depending on how bad. Sometimes doc ps give oral antibiotics which helps sped this up particularly if an infection was present. ...Read more

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I had a toenail removed at noon today. It's 9:30pm and still bleeding. Is that normal?

I had a toenail removed at noon today. It's 9:30pm and still bleeding. Is that normal?

No it is not normal: No it is not normal and if it is active bleeding you should go to er or call your doctor. You can put pressure on it and see if the bleeding stops. Have you had increased bleeding due to cuts etc in past. You may need to be checked for bleeding disorder. ...Read more

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Big toenail lifted from injury, now sure I have pseudomonas. Will it need to be removed or can it be treated?

Big toenail lifted from injury, now sure I have pseudomonas. Will it need to be removed or can it be treated?

Lose the nail: You will most likely lose the nail entirely if it has already lifted up. That is OK, it will grow back, but it takes a long time for a big toenail to grow out completely. I'm not sure what you mean about having pseudomonas, so I don't know how to answer that. If the nail is painful when it gets caught on your sock/shoe, you can have it removed by a doctor. Or keep it bandaged to it doesn't snag. ...Read more

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I had my two big toenails removed the 6th. The root was chemical burned and they should not grown back. What infection signs do I need to look for?

I had my two big toenails removed the 6th. The root was chemical burned and they should not grown back. What infection signs do I need to look for?

Many possibilities: Redness extending away from the area, pain, swelling, discharge, fever, and chills can be signs of an infection. ...Read more

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Toenail pain on matrix having surgery done tomorrow to remove the matrix this is second surgery on toenail if it is still painful what could the issue?

Toenail pain on matrix having surgery done tomorrow to remove the matrix this is second surgery on toenail if it is still painful what could the issue?

I do not know: But it is well known that the nail cuticles/matrix have many nerves that innervate the area and can be very painful. Hopefully after the surgery and an adequate healing process, the area will start to improve. ...Read more