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How To Treat Infected Ingrown Toenail
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
Soak/antibiotic oint: Soak in warm soapy water 15-20 min daily, trim the nail corner if easy access and you can see it well, rinse with hydrogen peroxide, blot dry, apply antibiotic ointment and a band aid. Continue until resolved. If chronic problems or an increase in redness, soreness or concerns, see your podiatrist. It is not a difficult problem to fix on a permanent basis if necessary. Dr l. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You see a foot : Doctor who will fix you all up in about five minutes. (Once your in the exam room) ...Read more
See a foot doc: Usually, the offending nail needs to be removed. You can try soaking in warm water and Epsom salt and applying a topical antibiotic until you can get to the doc. On occasion, you may get lucky with an oral antibiotic but usually the nail that is ingrown needs to be removed. ...Read more
I have an infected ingrown toenail and have done for over a week now, will I end up getting sepis if I don't get it sorted?
IF YOU ARE DIABETIC: doubt the infection in the ingrown toenail will cause systemic infection,or sepsis, or septicemia. unless you are diabetic or if you have a severe peripheral vascular disease, and you end up with a bad case of ischemia or gangrene. either way why you want to wait until it becomes a life threatening infection, start soaking your foot, trim your nail well, see a doctor,take antibiotic,etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Careful /Caution: Infected ingrown toenails can be serious. Usually caused by impropper cutting of nails or breaking off corners. Cut toe nails straight across. If infected, try lifting up the corner& packing a small amount of cotton under the nail. Soak in soapy water & dry well & apply antibiotic oint. Wear open toed footwear. If pus & streakng see md or podiatrist for eval. Many need a procedure & antibio. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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