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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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My ingrown toenail infection now has black around the pus pocket. What should I do?

My ingrown toenail infection now has black around the pus pocket. What should I do?

Toenail: For goodness sake, go see a clinician that can remove the nail and initiate antibiotics and give you some relief. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail with black around the pus pocket bad if diabetic?

See a specialist!: Infection in a diabetic should never be ignored especially if you are noting additional skin color changes. If you can't be seen by a foot specialis same day, go to urgent care or the er. ...Read more

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My toe has swelled and has pus or some other discharge coming out of it. I think it is an ingrown toenail.?

My toe has swelled and has pus or some other discharge coming out of it. I think it is an ingrown toenail.?

Infection: Most likely infected. May have started with an ingrown toenail but more serious problem now. You need to see your doctor, have the toe evaluated, cultured, and start an oral and topical antibiotic. In the meanwhile, keep it clean, minimize activity, avoid tight fitting shoes, apply an otc antibiotic such as polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin. ...Read more

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My big toenail on my left foot has been hurting off and on for about a year. I've squeezed pus out of it. I have an ingrown toenail? Any options, other than surgery?

My big toenail on my left foot has been hurting off and on for about a year. I've squeezed pus out of it. I have an ingrown toenail? Any options, other than surgery?

Ingrown: This is one of those things that surgical resection is the option . It will make the problem go away and make you feel better. See your podiatrist - you won't regret it ! ...Read more

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Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

See your doctor...: There is obviously something wrong. If i had a patient that wasn't healed after that amount of time i would take an x-ray and take a biopsy of the area for a pathologist to look at. ...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?)

Keep it clean : Try warm water soaks twice daily with a little betadine in the water. Keep a bandaid on the open area. Also, wear a shoe that does not put pressure on your toe until it is fully healed. It is often too tight shoes that cause the problem in the first place. ...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


Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more