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What should I do if I think my ingrown toenail is infected?

What should I do if I think my ingrown toenail is infected?

Soak/antibiotic oint: Soak in warm soapy water 15-20 min daily, trim the nail corner if easy access and you can see it well, rinse with hydrogen peroxide, blot dry, apply antibiotic ointment and a band aid. Continue until resolved. If chronic problems or an increase in redness, soreness or concerns, see your podiatrist. It is not a difficult problem to fix on a permanent basis if necessary. Dr l. ...Read more

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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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Infected to an ingrown toenail...Cure?

Infected to an ingrown toenail...Cure?

Careful /Caution: Infected ingrown toenails can be serious. Usually caused by impropper cutting of nails or breaking off corners. Cut toe nails straight across. If infected, try lifting up the corner& packing a small amount of cotton under the nail. Soak in soapy water & dry well & apply antibiotic oint. Wear open toed footwear. If pus & streakng see md or podiatrist for eval. Many need a procedure & antibio. ...Read more

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It has been months after ingrown toenail and it's still not healed. Could it be infected?

It has been months after ingrown toenail and it's still not healed. Could it be infected?

Its possible: I would return to the doctor for a follow up or get a second opinion. It should be healed by now. You need to be evaluated for infection or poor circulation. If you are diabetic, your sugar needs to be well controlled to heal as well. ...Read more

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How can you tell if an ingrown toenail is infected?

Drainage: Infections may have redness, pus, drainage, swelling and pain. Don't treat yourself, see your local podiatrist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ingrown toenail :( infected. what do I do?

What to do if I have an ingrown toenail :( infected. what do I do?

You see a foot : Doctor who will fix you all up in about five minutes. (Once your in the exam room) ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have an ingrown toenail :( infected. What do I do?

See a foot doc: Usually, the offending nail needs to be removed. You can try soaking in warm water and Epsom salt and applying a topical antibiotic until you can get to the doc. On occasion, you may get lucky with an oral antibiotic but usually the nail that is ingrown needs to be removed. ...Read more

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Best way to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?

Best way to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?

Infected Ingrow toen: Best way is surgically remove the ingrowing toenail and cleanig the area to drain and coverage with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have an infected ingrown toenail and have done for over a week now, will I end up getting sepis if I don't get it sorted?

IF YOU ARE DIABETIC: doubt the infection in the ingrown toenail will cause systemic infection,or sepsis, or septicemia. unless you are diabetic or if you have a severe peripheral vascular disease, and you end up with a bad case of ischemia or gangrene. either way why you want to wait until it becomes a life threatening infection, start soaking your foot, trim your nail well, see a doctor,take antibiotic,etc... ...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