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How To Treat An Ingrown Hangnail
About 12 hours ago my left hand middle finger turned red, started getting really hot, moderately swollen and the pain gets worse by the worse. Oh, and it throbs off and on. I'm thinking its a "harmless" maybe ingrown nail infection (there was no hangnail
It is not timew for a home remedy. If someone thinks they have a finger infection there are no "harmless" infections
someone with intense pain in their finger with redness and swelliing should seek medical attention
other issues can include:
infection, gout, trauma or circulation problems can give severe finger pain.
Infection. Yes a small "hangnail" can get infected but a paronychia, an infection of the space adjacent to the nail can exists. A felon, an abcess in the pulp or the beginings of infectious flexor tenosynovitis can show up this way too.
Gout. Can appear as a reddened hot area that is very painful. Fgouty deposits in the soft tissue of the finger or around the joints can mimick infection.
Trauma. A puncture wound, a fracture, a sprain, a foreign body (sliver, splinter) can appear this way
circulation issues. Loss of circulation, longstanding issues regarding circulation, cold induced spasm of blood vessels can give a painful finger but less typically a red hot one.
The list can go on
there are enough issues here that can worsen quickly
it is not time for a home remedy for anyone with these issues. ...Read more
I think I have an infected hangnail on the left side of my ring finger. It is very red, swollen and quite sore to the touch. Can I treat this at home?
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
See a podiatrist: You may cause a bigger problem self treating. ...Read more
It can vary: I have my patient's soak in warm water-epsom salts daily for a few days (if the permanent correction is performed, it can be up to six weeks). A topical antibiotic and dressing for a few days should help. If redness, puffiness and/or pain persists, I might prescribe an antibiotic. If the patient has no improvement within a few days I see them. ...Read more
It depends...: Some ingrown toenail removal procedures are performed without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. Your physician may use a cold spray to minimize the discomfort from the injection. The discomfort experienced from the injection will depend on your pain tolerance and the presence and severity of the infection if present. Following the injection, the procedure should be painless. ...Read more
Podiatrist: This is specialist who can handle this via an in-office procedure. ...Read more
Depends: First, Chiropodist is an outdated term and we are called Podiatrists. The extent of ingrown nail removal depends on how bad it is and if infection is present. ...Read more
What's the best way to treat an ingrown toenail if skin has grown over the top of the ingrown portion?
Not only: Can you walk, you are likely to walk more comfortably. ...Read more
Local wound care: Local wound care usually involves washing with a gentle soap and water twice daily, applying antibiotic ointment and monitoring for signs of infection. Increased redness, swelling and pain, especially when combined with the appearance of pus indicates an infection which should be evaluated by a primary care physician. ...Read more
Ingrown back hairs: The best treatment for ingrown hairs is probably laser hair removal. In destroying the hair follicles, hair growth is permanently disrupted. ...Read more
It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. Soak to soften the area and try to get it free. If you can't get it out on your own, a podiatrist can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. If it is a chronic condition, there is a very successful surgery that can be done to permanently correct the problem. ...Read more
Extract and cleanse:
Wash face often with good cleser.
Be sure to use a good wash cloth for this process.
Use good light and mirror.
Good pair of tweezers
extract the twisted hair and cleanse
repeat the process. ...Read more
Shaving issues...: Shaving might cause problems in some people which include ingrown hairs, inflammation, infections. My recommendation is to probably use alternative ways to get rid of the hair if the problem is recurrent. You might need to see a Dermatologist and consider permanent hair removal treatment. ...Read more
See your podiatrist: There are many ways that ingrown nails can be treated. I do not recommend you doing it yourself or going to nail salon and having them take care of it. A podiatrist is trained in taking care of this and there are many treatment options that are available. ...Read more
Get it looked at.: 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
Ingrown Nail: Nails should be cut straight across and allowed to grow past the cuticle a couple millimeters. If the ingrown nail is red, swollen, tender or has any drainage, you must be seen by a Podiatrist to have it resected appropriately. ...Read more
Will have to: You will have to see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Proper shaving: Sometimes the technique for removing the hairs eg. Shaving or waxing can be the cause to this problem. Laser hair removal may help. See your dermatologist, . ...Read more
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