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Can there be an over-the-counter numbing medicine that could be used on an ingrown toe nail?

Can there be an over-the-counter numbing medicine that could be used on an ingrown toe nail?

No: An ingrown nail undercuts the skin and usually is painful and can get infected. The pain is a warning that you have a problem. The nails need trimming to eliminate the sharp edge and very hot foot soaks can be helpful you podiatrist can assist in this and probably has a cure. ...Read more

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

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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What can I do to heal an ingrown toe nail?

What can I do to heal an ingrown toe nail?

Pain, redness.: Redness and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage indicates an ingrown toenail. If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. While waiting to see your doctor, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid. ...Read more

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What can I do to eliminate an ingrown toe nail?

What can I do to eliminate an ingrown toe nail?

Not the right choice: Ingrown toenails can be temporarily 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. If you have continued pain, redness or drainage, get it looked at by a professional as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed and you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I want help with an ingrown toe nail?

What do you advise if I want help with an ingrown toe nail?

Ingrown Nail: Nails should be cut straight across and allowed to grow past the cuticle a couple millimeters. If the ingrown nail is red, swollen,  tender or has any drainage, you must be seen by a Podiatrist to have it resected appropriately.   ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to get rid of an ingrown toe nail?

I need some tips on how to get rid of an ingrown toe nail?

Have a DPM check it: Chronic ingrown toenails are painful but put you at risk for developing infections. Self treatment can actually result in more damage to the underlying nail bed and result in creating more of a chronic problem. Consider having a podiatrist check it and remove either the part of the nail that is bothering you or the whole nail. This is an in-office procedure. ...Read more

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The skin on the tip of my big toe is darkening, I've had an ingrown toe nail but that was about 1-2 years ago and healed since then, or so I thought.

The skin on the tip of my big toe is darkening, I've had an ingrown toe nail but that was about 1-2 years ago and healed since then, or so I thought.

Ingrown nail: This sounds indeed like your nail may me in grown again. See your doctor to talk about permanently removing all or a portion of the nail if this is reoccurring problem. Also, make sure your shoes are the correct width, too narrow shoes are a common cause of ingrown nails. ...Read more

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Why was I put on an antibiotic. For an ingrown toe nail? Tried asking the doctor but he seemed in a hurry?

Why was I put on an antibiotic. For an ingrown toe nail? Tried asking the doctor but he seemed in a hurry?

Secondary infection: Most ingrowing toenails cause a local cellulitic reaction in the surrounding tissues that needs to be cleared of infection prior to the removal process. ...Read more

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I would like help with an ingrown toe nail?

I would like help with an ingrown toe nail?

It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. If you can't get it out on your own, a podiatrist can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. If it is a chronic condition, there is a very successful surgery that can be done to permanently correct the problem. ...Read more

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How should I prevent an ingrown toe nail?

Cut correctly, shoes: Wear proper fitting footwear. Cut nails straight across and not down the sides. Do not cut too short so nail will not grow into skin. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toe nail. Well had, I think. I pulled it or most of it out today, after the shower. Now my toe is tingling.

I have an ingrown toe nail. Well had, I think. I pulled it or most of it out today, after the shower. Now my toe is tingling.

No problem: If you pulled it out and got it all it should get better. Warm soapy soaks will help. If it red or there is pus or swelling you should let your doctor look at it. ...Read more

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I had an ingrown toe nail surgery around a month ago and now and now the part above the toe nail is slightly inflamed and hurts when touching.

Ingrown toenail: If, after the ingrown toenail was removed, a chemical agent (usually phenol) was added to prevent the recurrence of the ingrown, it is possible that you may have irritation present. Please return to the podiatrist or foot specialist that treated you to rule out that possibility versus a soft tissue infection to the area which will need treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toe nail starting on my right big toe how can I fix it without going to hospital?

I have an ingrown toe nail starting on my right big toe how can I fix it without going to hospital?

Home remedy: Try this: For several days in a row, soak your foot for 15 minutes in very warm water, then use the tip of a nail file to gently lift up the ingrown part of the nail. You might notice a spiky part of the nail that's dug into the edge of the toe. That's the culprit. Don't cut the nail! That could make the situation worse. The big toe nails should be cut straight across to prevent the problem. ...Read more

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I had an ingrown toe nail a couple of weeks ago and my mom got it out. It was fine for a week. And then last night, I woke up at 2 am with HORRIBLE pain in my toe. I turned on the light and it was infected. The only thing I can think of that may have caus

I had an ingrown toe nail a couple of weeks ago and my mom got it out. It was fine for a week. And then last night, I woke up at 2 am with HORRIBLE pain in my toe. I turned on the light and it was infected. The only thing I can think of that may have caus

Need to visit doc: You will have to see a podiatrist to treat the ingrown nail. In the meantime soak your foot in warm water and Epsom salt for about 15 minutes, dry the toe, apply some antibiotic cream to the area and cover with a bandaid. ...Read more

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How do I fix an ingrown toe nail?

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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Can I cure an ingrown toe nail with home remedies?

Can I cure an ingrown toe nail with home remedies?

Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow out again, or your doctor can use a chemical to stop the nail from regrowing. If you're concerned, don't perform bathroom surgery on yourself. That can lead to an infected ingrown toenail, which could require antibiotics. ...Read more

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I keep having an ingrown toe nail trouble please help?

I keep having an ingrown toe nail trouble please help?

See a podiatrist: Wear properly fitting shoes that don't compress your toes. Avoid cutting your nails too short, and cut your nails straight across.

For recurrent ingrown nails or infections, a podiatrist can remove the portion of nail that is ingrown. This can be done as a permanent procedure that will eliminate any further problems with an ingrown nail. ...Read more

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Would the nail growth be normal after having an ingrown toe nail?

Would the nail growth be normal after having an ingrown toe nail?

Possibly.: If you had permanent removal of the border, it shouldn't ever grow back. If you had the non-permanent procedure done, it should grow back normally over the course of the next year. Occasionally, though, the ingrown or infected nail was traumatized enough that it grows back thick, discolored, or not at all. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toe nail, my pedicurist told me to leave it without cutting for a year or so & it will correct itself. Is that true?

Whaaaaa?: Send back to pedicurist school, nail would only be about, oh, 5' long, hope you like open-toed shoes. Do need to let it grow out, so end of nail makes it to end of toe (& can't 'dive' into skin. Then be careful to get all of nail when cut it in future & try to keep it pretty straight across for several months. If continues to be problem, may need to see your dr or a podiatrist for help with it. ...Read more

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How does an ingrown toe-nail operation work?

In office: 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 a permanent ablation of the cells that produce the nail to that side may be considered. ...Read more

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What are ways to get rid of an ingrown toe nail?

What are ways to get rid of an ingrown toe nail?

Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow out again, or your doctor can use a chemical to stop the nail from regrowing. If you're concerned, don't perform bathroom surgery on yourself. That can lead to an infected ingrown toenail, which could require antibiotics. ...Read more

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How is the best way to get rid of an ingrown toe nail?

How is the best way to get rid of an ingrown toe nail?

Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow out again, or your doctor can use a chemical to stop the nail from regrowing. If you're concerned, don't perform bathroom surgery on yourself. That can lead to an infected ingrown toenail, which could require antibiotics. ...Read more

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My friends big toe has an ingrown toe nail and is slightly infected what should she do?

My friends big toe has an ingrown toe nail and is slightly infected what should she do?

Infected toe nail: This is likely a paronychia. Your friend can soak her toe in warm epsom salts. Seeing her podiatrist would be a good option too. ...Read more

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Doctor is removing an ingrown toe nail painful? ..

Doctor is removing an ingrown toe nail painful? ..

A Big Mosquito.: The idea of having an ingrown toenail removed will bring anxiety to most patients. Rest assured, your toe will be totally numb, although you may feel pressure, there should be no pain. In almost all cases the toe is anesthetized by what is called local anesthetic block. This introduction of fluid might cause some momentary discomfort as it is being injected. In a few seconds, the toe is numb. ...Read more

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What do you do about an ingrown toe nail?

What do you do about an ingrown toe nail?

Staged treatment: Hi,
they are a real nuisance- painful, prone to infection and cosmetically unappealing.

1-ensure you are cutting your nails properly. Straight and distal to the skin margin NOT short, curved and flush with skin.

2- nail care with a chiropodist generally settles things and is the next sensible step.

3- if this fails then a small operation to remove a wedge or all of the nail works. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get out an ingrown toe nail by yourself?

Is it possible to get out an ingrown toe nail by yourself?

Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow out again, or your doctor can use a chemical to stop the nail from regrowing. If you're concerned, don't perform bathroom surgery on yourself. That can lead to an infected ingrown toenail, which could require antibiotics. ...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

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more