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Ingrown Toenail Band Aid
How often should I keep a band aid over an ingrown toenail where the skin on the outside is red and is hurting?
Needs drainage?: This is called a paronychia, or infected ingrown nail. It may need to be drained, and/or antibiotics. You should have this looked at by your primary care doctor within the next day or two. It's more urgent if it's getting worse. In the mean time, soak it in warm water with Epsom salt for 5-10 minutes 3-4 times per day. It may need more than a bandaid. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Soaking cana help: You can try to soak the foot in some warm water and epsom salt. This may relieve the pain until you can have the offending part of the nail removed from your skin. See your local podiatrist soon before the toe gets infected as once the nail pierces the skin it will become infected. It is a simple office procedure which will get you back to a non painful toe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: The best thing would be to see a podiatrist and have it treated but you can try to soak the toe in warm water with Epsom salt and then when soft try to pack a small piece of cotton under the nail edge. Apply antiseptic and band aid. If infection is present that needs to be treated by a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 shouldn't.: An infection from an ingrown toenail can become serious. Soak the toe in warm water and epsom salts, apply an antibiotic cream and sterile band-aid then see a podiatrist w/in 2-3 days. If you start running a fever or get red streaking from the toe up into the foot go to the emergency room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have neuromas in both feet, and have used orthodics for 3 yrs. Now I have developed ingrown toenail on the big toe of one ft. Best way to treat?
Get it removed : it's usually very simpleGet a more detailed answer ›
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