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How often should I keep a band aid over an ingrown toenail where the skin on the outside is red and is hurting?

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 more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

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


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I've got chronically ingrown toenails. How do I stop this once and for all?

I've got chronically ingrown toenails. How do I stop this once and for all?

In office procedure: This is generally an in office procedure. The toe is numbed with a local anesthetic and then special instruments are used to cut out the ingrown portion of the nail. Depending on the status of the ingrown nail (ie infected, chronic, etc) a permanent ablation of the cells that produce the nail to that side may be considered. ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of an ingrown toenail?

What can I do to take care of an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown nail: The very best thing to do, is to see your podiatrist who will care for it. I always tell my patients homecare is bs - bathroom surgery and is not advisable. ...Read more

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What will happen if I do not treat my ingrown toenail?

Infection: If it become infected and spreads to the underlying bone, it can become a problem that can require hospitalization, IV antibiotics, extensive surgery including amputation. If you have circulation issues or diabetes, your risk of this increases. Treating ingrown nails before infection is often easier than once it has set in. ...Read more

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I'm getting an ingrown toenail. What can I do at home?

If it is easily seen: You can cut the piece out and apply antibiotic ointment on it. If it is not easily visualized or accessible, see a podiatrist. Wear proper fitting shoes and remember to cut toenails straight across and as a rule, do not round corners or cut down sides. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do for a painful ingrown toenail?

Is there anything I can do for a painful ingrown toenail?

Possibly: Home remedies for ingrown toenails include soaking in a solution of warm water and epsom salt. Some have also found benefit to putting a small wad of cotton between the nail and the nail fold (skin). Unfortunately, home remedies for ingrown toenails are not very effective. Lack of improvement or pus warrants a visit to your doctor or podiatrist. ...Read more

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My ingrown toenail hurts a lot!!! What can I do for the pain?

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 more

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Please help! my ingrown toenail hurts so bad. What should I do?

Nail care: 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

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Can you tell me how i can relieve ingrown toenail pain quickly?

Can you tell me how i can relieve ingrown toenail pain quickly?

Nail care: The ingrown part of the nail is not always visible. Try soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic ointment to temporarily soften the corners. If you have redness and drainage, get it looked at by a professional, as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed. ...Read more

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How can I remove an ingrown toenail at home as painlessly as possible?

How can I remove an ingrown toenail at home as painlessly as possible?

Nail care...: 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

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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