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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 is the recovery time for an ingrown toenail?

What is the recovery time for an ingrown toenail?

Depends: If only a border of the nail is removed 7-10 days. If the entire nail is removed it may take 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Puffiness/redness/burning sensation is back after big toenail removal on 3/25/15. Will I most likely have to have the toenail removal procedure again?

Puffiness/redness/burning sensation is back after big toenail removal on 3/25/15. Will I most likely have to have the toenail removal procedure again?

TO KNIFE A NAIL BED: Sounds like a repeat procedure may be coming, especially if there is some toe nail left. But in situations like these, patients have best results when doing warm water soak 3 times/day, otherwise ensure area is clean & dry, give it plenty of exposure to air, & daily bandage changes (youtube instructions on best bandaging, almost all videos with over 50k views are reliable) ...Read more

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How long does it take for the skin remold around the toe after a removal of an ingrown toe nail?

How long does it take for the skin remold around the toe after a removal of an ingrown toe nail?

2-6 weeks: Depends on how the nail was removed and whether it was a temporary or permanent removal. Usually a temporary removal will hel in a couple of weeks. A permanent chemical procedure can take 1-2 months. Discuss with your doctor what you may expect. Dr l. ...Read more

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Toenail pain on matrix having surgery done tomorrow to remove the matrix this is second surgery on toenail if it is still painful what could the issue?

Toenail pain on matrix having surgery done tomorrow to remove the matrix this is second surgery on toenail if it is still painful what could the issue?

I do not know: But it is well known that the nail cuticles/matrix have many nerves that innervate the area and can be very painful. Hopefully after the surgery and an adequate healing process, the area will start to improve. ...Read more

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Is having a toe operation to cure an ingrown toenail effective?

Is having a toe operation to cure an ingrown toenail effective?

Good results: If a permanent removal procedure such as matrixectomy or a phenol and alcohol procedure is performed appropriately the recurrence rate is relatively low. ...Read more

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Laser hair removal around the anus. Is this a safe procedure?

Laser hair removal around the anus. Is this a safe procedure?

Anal laser hair : Laser hair reduction for the anal region is a safe procedure. There are considerations such as ensuring patient comfort. We cool as we treat. Select patients require a topical anesthetic cream placed before treatment. Make sure you discuss any concerns with your treating provider. ...Read more

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Taking 150mg of fluconazole to prevent toenail fungus for nail which was removed & growing back dark in color. Is this the best treatment?

Taking 150mg of fluconazole to prevent toenail fungus for nail which was removed & growing back dark in color. Is this the best treatment?

Fungus: There are many different treatments for fungal infections. Oral antifungals can be given but monitoring of your liver enzymes is recommended. There are cold lasers and topicals too. Ask your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Toenail is disconnected from root and lifting at cuticle, after ingrown infection. Will I need the rest of the nail removed or will it fall off?

Toenail is disconnected from root and lifting at cuticle, after ingrown  infection. Will I need the rest of the nail removed or will it fall off?

It is: best to have the nail removed to allow growth of a healthy new nail HOWEVER this is the decision of a plastic (hand) specialist if you want the best result! My opinion only Hope it helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the process of removal for hammer toe surgery?

What is the process of removal for hammer toe surgery?

Different types.: If you catch hammertoes in the early stages, a small, in-office procedure to release one of the tendons will often allow the toe to lie straight again. If the toe deformity has become rigid, the surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Without surgery, your best bet is padding to reduce your discomfort. ...Read more

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For how long is the recover process of getting a plantars wart surgically removed?

For how long is the recover process of getting a plantars wart surgically removed?

Depends: It depends where on the bottom of the foot it is and how deep it is. Generally about 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a plantar wart returns in the same place after excision surgery?

Wart: The possibility of return regardless of the method used to remove the wart is high. Remember , you are dealing with a virus so there is no pill - regardless of the Cimetidine articles - to take . See your podiatrist for assistance. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get cool laser, laser hair removal and laser stretch mark removal kind of at the same time for a good price around 8000-20000?

Is it possible for me to get cool laser, laser hair removal and laser stretch mark removal kind of at the same time for a good price around 8000-20000?

Wrong forum: This international app is to help people with their diseases and symptoms. The cost of procedures for vanity procedures will vary from clinic to clinic and none of here would have access to that information. I would advise you to seek this answer from those offering such services. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your toenail to fall off after haveing ingrown toenail surgery?

Is it normal for your toenail to fall off after haveing ingrown toenail surgery?

It can.: Any time you stress out a toenail with surgery or even a small in-office procedure, there's a small risk of the nail falling off completely. Nails don't tend to take a joke very well, and if they're angry enough after a nail procedure, they may just give up and start over. (this is a very rare occurrence, though.). ...Read more

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What happens when your toenail matrix is not taken out properly during ingrown toenail surgery?

Matrix: There would be a chance for regrowth of the nail . You don't say why you think it was improperly removed. ...Read more

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Help! My new toe nail is not growing back after partial ingrown toenail surgery?

First confirm : That the doc did not perform a permenant procedure, second be p alient toenails grow approximately 1mm per month. It takes time for a nail to regrow. ...Read more

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My toenail matrix is painful after a year surgery does more matrix nail need to be removed ?

My toenail matrix is painful after a year surgery does more matrix nail need to be removed ?

Hard to say without: an exam. your best bet is to go back and see your surgeon and ask his/her opinion, about what to do. ...Read more

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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 wont 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

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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 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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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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How long does an ingrown toenail removal take?

Minutes: Usually simple and done under local anesthesia if necessary ...Read more

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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 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?

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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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?

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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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


Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

Also called onychocryptosis, this painful condition occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the ...Read more