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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


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What to do if I have an ingrown toenail :( infected. what do I do?

You see a foot : Doctor who will fix you all up in about five minutes. (Once your in the exam room) ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have an ingrown toenail :( infected. What do I do?

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

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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?

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 more

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What is a good antibiotic for an infected ingrown toenail?It recurred after a year. I forgot what meds i took before i had it partially removed.

What is a good antibiotic for an infected ingrown toenail?It recurred after a year. I forgot what meds i took before i had it partially removed.

Partial nail removal: Mark, typically, removal of the offending foreign body which in this case would be the toenail corner digging into your toe would solve the problem. Antibiotic treatment such as Cephalexin may temporarily quiet the infection. I hope that helps. Ethan bindelglas. ...Read more

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I have this infected ingrown toenail.i feel pain n my other toes now. ive been really sick the last couple of days.i feel as if I can barely walk.

I have this infected ingrown toenail.i feel pain n my other toes now. ive been really sick the last couple of days.i feel as if I can barely walk.

Pick one..: If your inability to walk and malaise is due to your general health, then you need to see your family doctor. If the inability to walk is due to your painfully infected toenail, the you need to see a specialist that treats ingrown toenails. ...Read more

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I have two badly infected ingrown toenails, should I go see a foot doctor?

I have two badly infected ingrown toenails, should I go see a foot doctor?

Dr. Chuba: Gave the best advice you could get. Don't even try to mess with these yourself, especially since they're infected. The procedure to fix these is simple, fast and painless. You'll probably also need a course of antibiotics. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Best way to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?

Infected Ingrow toen: Best way is surgically remove the ingrowing toenail and cleanig the area to drain and coverage with appropriate antibiotics. ...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

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