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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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What causes an ingrown toenail that has been removed after surgery to continue to be painful phenol was applied callus removed 10months post removal?

What causes an ingrown toenail that has been removed after surgery to continue to be painful phenol was applied callus removed 10months post removal?

Ingrown nail painful: 10 months post removal can be due to few reasons. You may have regrowth of ingrown nail or you may have a matrix cyst formed in corner or slightly more nail may need to be removed to cure your problem. Either way return to your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I keep getting ingrown toenails. I have had minor surgery 3 times on my toes and major surgery done once. They are very painful. What should I do?

I keep getting ingrown toenails. I have had minor surgery 3 times on my toes and major surgery done once. They are very painful. What should I do?

Ingrown toe nail: Ingrown toe nails do hurt. You have had a reoccurring toe nail that has been treated and yet it comes back. You will need to see a podiatrist and have a partial matrixectomy (kill the part of the tissue that grows the nail). That should take care of it. ...Read more

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What amount pain will I be in after ingrown toenail surgery?

What amount pain will I be in after ingrown toenail surgery?

Mild: Most people who have ingrown toenail procedure have very minimal post procedural pain. A NSAID or Tylenol (acetaminophen) typically will help with post procedural pain. ...Read more

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How long after ingrown toenail surgery do I wait to exercise?

How long after ingrown toenail surgery do I wait to exercise?

Depends: On exactly what you had done. When I do a procedure to remove an ingrown nail in the office, the patient is told they have no activity restrictions afterwords. ...Read more

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I am going to have ingrown toenail surgery, does the shot hurts?

I am going to have ingrown toenail surgery, does the shot hurts?

Depends: On your pain tolerance, severity of problem, presence of infection, circulatory and neurological status as well as the technique of administration of the injection. Generally, if you relax as best you can, under most circumstances, the injection is not excessively painful. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had ingrown toenail surgery before but it came back what do I do?

What to do if I have had ingrown toenail surgery before but it came back what do I do?

Can reoccur: Ingrown toenails can re-occure if the nail is not trimmed properly. Go back to your doctor for re-evaluation to see if the ingrown nail needs re-excised. ...Read more

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I will have my toenail surgery in 2 days. Will it be more painful than ingrown toenail pain?

No.: Generally, once the ingrown nail is removed, you have much less pain. The doctor will numb your toe for the procedure, and afterward, it's like having a splinter removed--as soon as the pressure is gone, it starts feeling better immediately! ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail for about 2 years now and i want to get surgery but in 5 months, is it bad to wait 5 mnths to get surgery .?

I have a ingrown toenail for about 2 years now and i want to get surgery but in 5 months, is it bad to wait 5 mnths to get surgery .?

Depends: On the situation. If there is pain and/or infection, some treatment needs to be performed but not necessarily surgery. Sometimes and incision and drainage may be needed and ingrown portion of nail needs to be cut out. If the problem can be treated palliatively without infection than definitive surgery can wait. ...Read more

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What can I do to protect my toe during a shower after having surgery for an ingrown toenail?

What can I do to protect my toe during a shower after having surgery for an ingrown toenail?

Toenail aftercare: That depends on what type of surgery you had for the ingrown toe nail. Most of the time, that type of surgery requires some soaking of the toe following surgery. In some cases however, there are sutures in place and the toe needs to be kept dry. With any surgical procedure you should have received written instructions on your aftercare. You need to contact your provider for clarification. ...Read more

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My nails haven't grown back after ingrown toenail surgery. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?

My nails haven't grown back after ingrown toenail surgery. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?

Talk to you doctor: Chances are the doctor used a chemical to stop the growth of the nail. ...Read more

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Do ingrown toenails heal themselves? I get them alot & they usually go away but I have one now and dont want surgery. Should i wait? It isn't infected

An ingrown nail: actually would not go away, unless you cut a piece of nail away, If there was an infection this sometimes goes away as the body can be strong enough to get rid of the infection….try soaking and applying topical antibiotic but if it does't get better go to your local podiatrist for treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat an ingrown toenail after surgery?

It can vary: I have my patient's soak in warm water-epsom salts daily for a few days (if the permanent correction is performed, it can be up to six weeks). A topical antibiotic and dressing for a few days should help. If redness, puffiness and/or pain persists, i might prescribe an antibiotic. If the patient has no improvement within a few days i see them. ...Read more

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Is ingrown toenail surgery painful?

Ingrown nails...: The surgical part of it will be painless if you are anesthetized properly. Getting an injection to numb up the toe isn't the most comfortable feeling, however it only lasts for a few seconds then the rest of the removal is pain-free. ...Read more

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How is ingrown toenail surgery done ?

How is  ingrown toenail surgery done ?

In office: In the office, under a local anesthetic, the edge of the nail is removed. This can be done so that the nail does not grow back if there is a recurrent problem. ...Read more

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Does ingrown toenail surgery usually hurt?

Does ingrown toenail surgery usually hurt?

Very minimal: You will feel a stick from the injection and some burning from the numbing medicine. After that the procedure is painless. After the numbing wears off, the area can be tender for the next couple of days which can be managed by tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil. ...Read more

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What recovery is like after ingrown toenail surgery?

The: Recovery usually takes two weeks. Most people can resume normal activity in one or two days. ...Read more

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What is the typical cost of an ingrown toenail surgery?

Varies: Costs vary by regions of the country. It should be between $250-$400. ...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