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What to if I am having ingrown toenail removal. What to expect?

What to if I am having ingrown toenail removal. What to expect?

Needle: Normally what happens is you get a needle first to make your toe numb. Often times the dr will spray your skin with a cold spray first so the needle doesn't hurt too bad. The need part is uncomfortable then once you are numb you won't feel anything. It normally stays numb for about 4 hours after the procedure then it hurts a bit for a day or 2 and then you're all fixed! ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

Also called onychocryptosis, this condition occurs when 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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How long should I wait to exercise (run, swim,) after a full ingrown toenail removal? Are there any low impact activities I can do?

How long should I wait to exercise (run, swim,) after a full ingrown toenail removal? Are there any low impact activities I can do?

Quite ssoon.: There are several treatment protocols that offer varying speeds of return to normal activity. It is not unusual to return to full activity within 24 hours of having a partial nail removal. A total nail removal may take a little longer depending on the activity. You should consult with the surgeon for his approximation. ...Read more

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I want to be put under a general anaestetic for ingrown toenail removal Iv being under befor for it so will they do it again?

Surgeons choice: General anesthesia has much greater risks involved than local injections in an office setting. If you are very anxious IV sedation is another possibility. Totally up to the anesthesiologist and your surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I treat a bad infection that resulted in a home-ingrown-toenail removal attempt?

How do I treat a bad infection that resulted in a home-ingrown-toenail removal attempt?

See a physician: If you have an infection from attempting to self treat an ingrown toenail, it is time to see a physician. Infections need to be properly managed and if not can result in some serious problems (even from ingrowns!) that range from sepsis (infection of the blood) to osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) both of which have serious consequences. A foot specialist can also be able to help that toenail! ...Read more

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Skin around toe black 2months after ingrown toenail removal. Is that normal or should I go back to dr?

Skin around toe black 2months after ingrown toenail removal. Is that normal or should I go back to dr?

Go back: It is always good idea to go back. If the dr. Used a chemical to "destroy" the root of your nail, then it may be okay. However, getting it checked out should put both your mind and the dr's at ease. ...Read more

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Having ingrown toenail removal at doctor tomorrow and have a very low pain tolerance. Anything I can do to help me not worry about the procedure?

Having ingrown toenail removal at doctor tomorrow and have a very low pain tolerance. Anything I can do to help me not worry about the procedure?

Numb: Normally the doctor first numbs the area. Once the area is numb you should feel nothing. Most people who come in concerned leave saying it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be. Good luck! You'll do great. ...Read more

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Can ingrown toenail removal hurt?

Can ingrown toenail removal hurt?

YES...but not much: Excising the ingrown nail is usually done under local anesthesia. The digital nerve is blocked with an injection of local anesthetic. The initial pinprick can be felt, but if the injection is done gently there's only a brief discomfort. Once the toe is numb, the nail can be removed. Once the numbness recedes, there can be some mild soreness. Good luck. ...Read more

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How painful is ingrown toenail removal?

It depends: Some ingrown toenail removal procedures are performed without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. Your physician may use a cold spray to minimize the discomfort from the injection. The discomfort experienced from the injection will depend on your pain tolerance and the presence and severity of the infection if present. Following the injection, the procedure should be painless. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ingrown toenail removal?

What is the definition or description of: ingrown toenail removal?

See below: Local anesthetic is injected and once numb the side of the toenail is removed and then a chemical is used to stop there growth of the nail. A small bandage s applied. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a toenail to grow back after ingrown toenail removal?

About 1 year: It takes a toenail about 1 year to grow from base of toe to tip. ...Read more

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How do u care for toe after ingrown toenail removal?

How do u care for toe after ingrown toenail removal?

Ask your doctor: Your podiatrist should have provided you with post-procedure instructions on aftercare. Typically you would need to soak your foot in epsom salt soaks and apply an antibiotic ointment or cream. Often foot specialists will prescribe amerigel to apply to the area after an ingrown toenail removal. You need to keep a bandage on the toe until your next follow up visit with the doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my toe to hurt so much after an ingrown toenail removal?

Pain is normal: Pain is expected after ingrown toenail removals. Having said that, pain is typically controlled with over the counter medications such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin and subsides after a few days. If you are concerned with your pain level, you should get in touch with the physician who performed the procedure. ...Read more

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How do you know if your toes are infected 2 weeks after ingrown toenail removal?

How do you know if your toes are infected 2 weeks after ingrown toenail removal?

Pus: If you have redness, pain or pus coming out of your nail, then you have an infection. Clear yellow/orange/red fluid is okay, however, if you have cloudy fluid, that indicates an infection. Follow up with the doctor who has done the removal for further evaluation. You may need more antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had my doctor do an ingrown toenail removal in the beginning of this year. The thing is I noticed that my toe stays swollen and always cold and tingli?

Had my doctor do an ingrown toenail removal in the beginning of this year. The thing is I noticed that my toe stays swollen and always cold and tingli?

Neuritis.: It sounds like either the tourniquet used to control the blood flow during the procedure, or needle trauma from the injections to numb the toe, or both, have irritated the digital nerves. This would effect the blood flow to the toe as well as the sensory mechanism. These problems are rare but can happen in the course of fixing the toe. Time should slowly renormalize the condition. ...Read more

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Is it normal for left side of toe where numbing medicine was injected, to still feel sleep 2 weeks after ingrown toenail removal?

It might: Sometimes the injection can hit the nerve and cause some injury. Usually, it is temporary but can take weeks or months to heal. Rarely, are the changes permanent. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Several ingrown toenail removal surgeries on same big toe. Very tiny nail left - really ugly and embarassing. Are there fake toenails?

Several ingrown toenail removal surgeries on same big toe. Very tiny nail left - really ugly and embarassing. Are there fake toenails?

Yes: Many have total removal of nail and replace it with fake nails. Places where pedicures are done do it and some podiatrists do it as well. ...Read more

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had an ingrown toenail removal a few weeks ago, where half of my nail was removed. There seems to be a small white tender blister on nailbed.

had an ingrown toenail removal a few weeks ago, where half of my nail was removed. There seems to be a small white tender blister on nailbed.

Was the nail: Removal use in conjunction with phenol? For a permanent nail avulsion? If so, that would cause or show a white blister or area from the use of the chemical. ...Read more

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After the removal of my ingrown toenail via a pediatrist procedure how long should I wait before going into a lake to swim?

After the removal of my ingrown toenail via a pediatrist procedure how long should I wait before going into a lake to swim?

After Ingrown: It depends on how involved of your ingrown problem at the first place that would lead to procedure. Was there any infection? Is there still redness, swelling, bleeding or pain on that area? What kind of procedure you had complete or partial nail toenail removed? My suggestion is to get permission from your doctor before commit to any activity involve with getting the area compromised. ...Read more

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My 12 yr old son, had partial removal of ingrown toenail, 6mth ago. Condition come back again. To remove the toenail is it a better option?

My 12 yr old son, had partial removal of ingrown toenail, 6mth ago. Condition come back again. To remove the toenail is it a better option?

Not usually: There are 2 different procedures. One is just cutting out the ingrown edge to allow it to heal. The second destroys part of the root so the ingrown edge doesn't return. If only the first was performed, it is possible for problems to return. If this happens, the permanent procedure is indicated, but only for the ingrown edge (s). ...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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I have ingrown toenail that requires removal but I cant wear comfortable or casual shoe at my work at all. What's other solution for ingrown nails?

Who says you can't..: If just the sides are involved, there should be reason that the border (s) can't be removed and you can return to work the next day. I have done this procedure on hundreds of patients who were able to play football, basketball and just about any activity except toe dancing. Search around for a specialist capable of this very simple office based procedure. Thank you for trusting Healthtap. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail and might possibly have partial toenail removal. What can you tell me to stop worrying?

Ingrown toenail and might possibly have partial toenail removal. What can you tell me to stop worrying?

Simple procedure: There are many simple "partial nail removal" procedures that are non-painful and can be done for you in only a few minutes.
The procedure selected by your podiatrist is based on what part of the nail is ingrown. Most are easy removals with very little pain. ...Read more

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What causes an ingrown toenail that has been removed after surgery to continue to be painful phenol was applied callus removed 10months post removal?

What causes an ingrown toenail that has been removed after surgery to continue to be painful phenol was applied callus removed 10months post removal?

Ingrown nail painful: 10 months post removal can be due to few reasons. You may have regrowth of ingrown nail or you may have a matrix cyst formed in corner or slightly more nail may need to be removed to cure your problem. Either way return to your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I treat ingrown toenails?

See your podiatrist: There are many ways that ingrown nails can be treated. I do not recommend you doing it yourself or going to nail salon and having them take care of it. A podiatrist is trained in taking care of this and there are many treatment options that are available. ...Read more

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


Ingrown Toenail Removal (Definition)

Local anesthetic is injected and once numb the side of the toenail is removed and then a chemical is used to stop there growth of the nail. A ...Read more