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Doctor insights on: Should I See A Doctor Or A Podiatrist About My Ingrown Toe Nail

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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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Does md remove ingrown toenails or should I just get a referral for a podiatrist for ingrown toe nail?

Does md remove ingrown toenails or should I just get a referral for a podiatrist for ingrown toe nail?

Depends ont the Dr.: It depends on the doctor. Some do and some don't. However, almost all podiatrist should remove toenails. ...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?

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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Left foot. Big toe. Had a ingrown toe nail. Pulled it out. No problem, so i thought. Now i fected for more than 5 months. Went to doctor. Gave me 2 p?

Left foot. Big toe. Had a ingrown toe nail. Pulled it out. No problem, so i thought.  Now i fected for more than 5 months. Went to doctor. Gave me 2 p?

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 daughter has a bad ingrown toe nail. Without going to the doctor, is there a way i can get rid of it?

My daughter has a bad ingrown toe nail. Without going to the doctor, is there a way i can get rid of it?

Maybe.: 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. (occasionally this solves the problem without needing a procedure!). ...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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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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3 year old had ingrown toe nail, after doctor cut it out it is still a little swollen over a week later, nail is clear doesn't seem like pus.

3 year old had ingrown toe nail, after doctor cut it out it is still a little swollen over a week later, nail is clear doesn't seem like pus.

May not be a : Problem. Swelling can persist for a week or so. Get it checked out bc possibly a piece was left behind and the infection will not clear unless the complete border is removed. ...Read more

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How can you get an ingrown toe nail to change it's direction of growth without having to go to the doctor?

How can you get an ingrown toe nail to change it's direction of growth without having to go to the doctor?

I am not sure you: Can. I have see in textbooks some place a small "v" shaped wedge in the middle of the toenail in hopes the outer portions grow into the middle. I am not sure i believe this actually happens. A podiatrist when fixing the nail does not make the nail change direction, rather, he decreases the width of the toenail itself. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

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