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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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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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My right big toe is infected and I think it's because of an ingrown toenail. Is there any at home remedies that can help before I can see a doctor?

My right big toe is infected and I think it's because of an ingrown toenail. Is there any at home remedies that can help before I can see a doctor?

Warm soak: You can try to soak it on warm water with Epsom salt. This kind of thing can however get worse, and often needs to be lanced, or have a portion if the nail removed. Typically an office based procedure with local anesthesia. I would see your doctor as soon as you can. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have an ingrown toenail. I'm not going to the doctors for a couple days and it really hurts. Is there a way to temporarily numb it?

What do you suggest if I have an ingrown toenail. I'm not going to the doctors for a couple days and it really hurts. Is there a way to temporarily numb it?

Hot water and Epsom : Salt, ice will have very temporary numbing effects. See the foot doc and they will fix it so no more pain or problem. ...Read more

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What can I do for a chronic ingrown toenail?

What can I do for a chronic ingrown toenail?

Remove the nail: You can have all or part of the nail permanently removed. ...Read more

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What to do about a ingrown toenail that is hurting?

What to do about a ingrown toenail that is hurting?

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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I have perianal hematoma. It is the size of a marble and painful. I read it is not that serious. Are there any home remedies I can use to cure it?

I have perianal hematoma. It is the size of a marble and painful. I read it is not that serious. Are there any home remedies I can use to cure it?

Possibilities...: Consider anal fissure, internal hemorrhoid(s), proctitis (inflamed rectum), anal abscess or fistula, juvenile retention polyp, trauma to the anal canal, skin changes around the anus (benign or malignant). The only way to find out, and to start appropriate treatment, is to get examined. See your doctor please. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toenail, it has an odor, what can I do for it?

Start tx : Start soaks with white vinegar and water, apply antibiotic cream and see ur foot doctor asap. ...Read more

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What can I do about a ingrown toe nail without going to a doc?

What can I do about a ingrown toe nail without going to a doc?

If it is infected: Or has penetrated the skin enough to make for a little drainage or pus , have it done professionally. It will hurt a lot less and heal much faster than if you go the do it yourself route. Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish. ...Read more

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I have a badly ingrown fingernail that is causing me a lot of pain. Home treatment is not working so what type of dr do I see to have it cut out?

I have a badly ingrown fingernail that is causing me a lot of pain. Home treatment is not working so what type of dr do I see to have it cut out?

Any reputable: Urgent care center with a physician or the "fast track" area of your local ed. Keep in mind that if it is not abscessed you may only receive analgesics and antibiotics which many times are successful. Trust the physician examing you as the least invasive option that works is the best. ...Read more

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My ingrown toe nail is red (the toe) I don't know if that is a sign of infection. If it is will antibiotics work or will it have to be surgery?no puss

My ingrown toe nail is red (the toe) I don't know if that is a sign of infection. If it is will antibiotics work or will it have to be surgery?no puss

Worth a try...: Actually, redness is a sign of inflammation, not necessarily infection. When pain is added to the mix, it is still inflamed but maybe becoming infected. The sure sign of infection is pus or drainage. There is no way of telling if antibiotics alone will be sufficient to solve your problem, but it's worth a try. Fixing the nail is a simple office procedure that minimally disrupts your life. ...Read more

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I really have callus in my feet. what sholud i do to minimize or to remove it?Is there any natural treatment for it.

I really have callus in my feet. what sholud i do to minimize or to remove  it?Is there any natural treatment for it.

Natural callus care: Callus can be removed by using a natural exfoliant such as a sugar scrub after soaking your feet in warm water.Using a loofah, you can scrub your feet with the sugar scrub in the warm water and help rid your feet of callus. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have an infected ingrown toe nail that has developed a painful blood blister, how can I get ride of it? Would it hurt if i tried wart freeze off?

I have an infected ingrown toe nail that has developed a painful blood blister, how can I get ride of it? Would it hurt if i tried wart freeze off?

Need proper treatmen: You need to see your doctor. An infected, ingrown toenail needs to have the ingrown nail excised and you need antibiotics. Freeze off will not help. ...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?

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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Is there a non-surgical remedy for gynecomastia that I can do myself?

Is there a non-surgical remedy for gynecomastia that I can do myself?

Possibly: Some gynecomastia is related principally to fat deposition in the breasts associated with being overweight. Getting back to ideal body weight in this case will reduce breast bulk. ...Read more

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Big toe is infected after toenail removal on antibiotics is there something i can do is it suppose to be covered?

Big toe is infected after toenail removal on antibiotics is there something i can do is it suppose to be covered?

Infected toe: It depends the involve of the procedure. Is it a total nail removal or just partial? Is there drainage or bleeding? If those exist then you would need to have bandaging the area for protection. I would strongly suggested you to go back to see your doctor that you had the procedure done to check out. The doctor would need to check that out and especially hear your concern. Take care. ...Read more

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Is there a medication that i can take orally that would knock me out for an ingrown toenail procedure cause im bad with shots?

Is there a medication that i can take orally that would knock me out for an ingrown toenail procedure cause im bad with shots?

Yes: Your doctor should be able to offer a pill to relax you and make the injections easier. You can't be made unconscious, but it should calm you enough that the minute or so it takes to numb your toe will be no big deal. They can also use cold spray on the skin so you hardly feel the actual needle stick, just a little stinging from the medication. ...Read more

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What can I do for a painfull finger nail?

What can I do for a painfull finger nail?

See dermatologist: Who can figure out why it is hurting. Is it infected? Ingrown? They would likely prescribe an antibiotic if infected and if ingrown might have to remove a piece of it (which will grown back). ...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