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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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Best way to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?

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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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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Will hot water and bleach help an infected ingrown toenail.?

No...: You risk burning yourself with the temperature of the water and chemically due to the basic ph of the bleach. Make an appointment to see a podiatrist. Prior to your visit, you can begin soaking your toes in a white vinegar-water (1:4) solution for about 10-15 minutes. The vinegar is a natural anti-fungal/antiseptic and the acidic nature will help reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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Can you die or lose your toe due to a infected ingrown toenail?

Can you die  or lose your toe due to a infected  ingrown toenail?

Co-morbidity: In the population over 65, amputations are preceded by wounds on the feet and toes, such as a neglected ingrown toenail. This age group has co morbidity, (additional diagnoses) such as vascular disease and neuropathy. So don't ignore an ingrown toenail, especially if you are older. They are easily treated in the office of any surgeon, podiatrist and many primary care docs, or an urgent care. ...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

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What will a doctor do for an infected ingrown toenail?

What will a doctor do for an infected ingrown toenail?

Remove it/antibiotic: The ingrown portion of nail will have to be removed. Oral antibiotics probably will be necessary unless it is a very mild infection. ...Read more

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What should be done about an infected ingrown toenail that can be done in my own home? (already cut the nail and drained pus; how to keep it clean?)

What should be done about an infected ingrown toenail that can be done in my own home? (already cut the nail and drained pus; how to keep it clean?)

A little trick: All answers were correct, i would add just the following: make a match size roll from a gause pad and apply it between the nail's edge and the inflamed skin. Change this a few time. It will help keeping secretion s out and healing. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think my ingrown toenail is infected?

What should I do if I think my ingrown toenail is infected?

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 more

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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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So, I have 2 infected and ingrown toenails, with which I was able to completely cut off both nails. No pain at all... is this bad? What should I do?

You need to: make sure that you have removed the ingrown toenail at the nail bed, or it will grow crooked again and cause the same issue later. Usually this requires some anesthesia and chemical sterilization to make sure that the nail regrows straight and unhindered. If you had no pain on cutting off the nail, it is likely that you did not reach the nailbed. Please see a healthcare provider for proper exam ...Read more

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How can you tell if an ingrown toenail is infected?

Drainage: Infections may have redness, pus, drainage, swelling and pain. Don't treat yourself, see your local podiatrist. ...Read more

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When you have an infected ingrown toenail how do you know if you've broken the infection? Been soaking it in peroxide, and I have clear yellow pus.

When you have an infected ingrown toenail how do you know if you've broken the infection? Been soaking it in peroxide, and I have clear yellow pus.

Until you get that: Ingrown toenail out, you won;t likely succeed. If there is pus there it is still infected. If you see the podiatrist they will be able to remove the ingrown toenail and place you on an antibiotic to get rid of your infection quicker than you could ever do thru soaks. ...Read more

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I have an infected ingrown. Toenail and I am 5 months pregnant. Can I use neosporin and hydrogen peroxide?

I have an infected ingrown. Toenail and I am 5 months pregnant. Can I use neosporin and hydrogen peroxide?

Yes, but they are : Unlikely to work. What needs to occur, most likeli, is to remove the wedge of the nail going into the skin. It's not hard but you will need some local anesthetic. It should then regrow normally. Your OB may feel comfortable doing it, not hard. A podiatrist would be a sure thing, most primary care docs can do it as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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