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How long should it take for a toenail removal to heal had it taken off on 2-14-14?

How long should it take for a toenail removal to heal had it taken off on 2-14-14?

Toe nail: This should have healed by now. If it is still not healed please go and see the doctor that did the procedure for you. ...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


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Is it normal for after toenail removal for it to smell?

Is it normal for after toenail removal for it to smell?

Not really: Though it occurs. I would recommend more frequent bandage changes if thre was an odor and to use something like betadine to clean the nail bed. The betadine is drying so it would cut down on the moisture which is probably aiding in that smell. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that laser fungus removal for toenails works?

Is there any evidence that laser fungus removal for toenails works?

Yes a recent study..: A recent study published by light age shows a high rate of success. Please refer to the effect of q-clearâ„¢ laser in the treatment of onychomycosis in vivo. This study can be found at the light age website. This study had 131 subjects. This study can be found by following this link http://lightage. Com/web/the-effect-of-q-clear-laser-in-the-treatment-of-onychomycosis-in-vivo/. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What really happens when dead tissue is healed over the body when it comes to an imgrown toenail removal and is the process painful?

What really happens when dead tissue is healed over the body when it comes to an imgrown toenail removal and is the process painful?

Ingrown toenail: This condition itself can cause discomfort. It is critical to remove the portion of the nail that is causing irritation and stimulating "proud flesh " (pyogenic tissue). The procedure is to remove the spicule of nail that is causing the problem under local anesthesia and do do so with the least disruption of the nail unit. ...Read more

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How do you care for a nail after a toenail removal?

How do you care for a nail after a toenail removal?

Nail removal: Keep your toe clean, antibiotic ointment, and a dressing over the toe until healed. Each day the toe should be better. If getting more painful, swelling or more painful then the toe could be getting infected. Call your doctor if this occurs. ...Read more

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Is it normal for toe to stll throb a bit six days after toenail removal?

Is it normal for toe to stll throb a bit six days after toenail removal?

Yes an No: Which toe and what procedure. Toe nails can be removed either with or without involving the nail root. Those that involve root removal or destruction can take more time to calm down. What you must ask yourdelf is whether or not the throbbing is due to you not following the post operative instructions or is there a problem developing. When in doubt, get back to the surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: surgical removal of a fingernail or toenail?

What is the definition or description of: surgical removal of a fingernail or toenail?

See below: Local anesthetic is administered to numb the toe, then a nail splitter is used to cut a portion of the nail. The nail section is removed and then a chemical applied to cauterized the tissue. This will stop the nail from growing back. An antiseptic and dressing is then applied. ...Read more

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What to if I am having ingrown toenail removal. What to expect?

What to if I am having ingrown toenail removal. What to expect?

Needle: Normally what happens is you get a needle first to make your toe numb. Often times the dr will spray your skin with a cold spray first so the needle doesn't hurt too bad. The need part is uncomfortable then once you are numb you won't feel anything. It normally stays numb for about 4 hours after the procedure then it hurts a bit for a day or 2 and then you're all fixed! ...Read more

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If general anesthesia isn't possible for toenail removal, what about an epidural?

If general anesthesia isn't possible for toenail removal, what about an epidural?

Not really: There are much simpler options such as using injections of 'numbing' medication around the nerve, sedation, or even a spinal. For this minor procedure, an epidural can be used however it may be riskier than other options. ...Read more

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Puffiness/redness/burning sensation is back after big toenail removal on 3/25/15. Will I most likely have to have the toenail removal procedure again?

TO KNIFE A NAIL BED: Sounds like a repeat procedure may be coming, especially if there is some toe nail left. But in situations like these, patients have best results when doing warm water soak 3 times/day, otherwise ensure area is clean & dry, give it plenty of exposure to air, & daily bandage changes (youtube instructions on best bandaging, almost all videos with over 50k views are reliable) ...Read more

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How painful is ingrown toenail removal?

How painful is ingrown toenail removal?

It depends: Some ingrown toenail removal procedures are performed without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. Your physician may use a cold spray to minimize the discomfort from the injection. The discomfort experienced from the injection will depend on your pain tolerance and the presence and severity of the infection if present. Following the injection, the procedure should be painless. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail and might possibly have partial toenail removal. What can you tell me to stop worrying?

Ingrown toenail and might possibly have partial toenail removal. What can you tell me to stop worrying?

Simple procedure: There are many simple "partial nail removal" procedures that are non-painful and can be done for you in only a few minutes.
The procedure selected by your podiatrist is based on what part of the nail is ingrown. Most are easy removals with very little pain. ...Read more

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Removal of the big toe toenail, I have trauma due to it. What will happen if I don't get toenail removed in the future?

Removal of the big toe toenail, I have trauma due to it. What will happen if I don't get toenail removed in the future?

Nail will fall off: Your question is a little confusing, but I think you're asking what happens to your damaged nail if you don't remove it. A new nail will start growing from the back (near the cuticle). It will most likely grow under the damaged nail, ultimately forcing it to fall off--or it will kind of fuse and be two nails until the dead nail eventually grows out and you trim it off. This takes 6-12 months. ...Read more

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After the removal of my ingrown toenail via a pediatrist procedure how long should I wait before going into a lake to swim?

After Ingrown: It depends on how involved of your ingrown problem at the first place that would lead to procedure. Was there any infection? Is there still redness, swelling, bleeding or pain on that area? What kind of procedure you had complete or partial nail toenail removed? My suggestion is to get permission from your doctor before commit to any activity involve with getting the area compromised. ...Read more

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Can ingrown toenail removal hurt?

YES...but not much: Excising the ingrown nail is usually done under local anesthesia. The digital nerve is blocked with an injection of local anesthetic. The initial pinprick can be felt, but if the injection is done gently there's only a brief discomfort. Once the toe is numb, the nail can be removed. Once the numbness recedes, there can be some mild soreness. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ingrown toenail removal?

What is the definition or description of: ingrown toenail removal?

See below: Local anesthetic is injected and once numb the side of the toenail is removed and then a chemical is used to stop there growth of the nail. A small bandage s applied. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a toenail to grow back after ingrown toenail removal?

About 1 year: It takes a toenail about 1 year to grow from base of toe to tip. ...Read more

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I want to be put under a general anaestetic for ingrown toenail removal Iv being under befor for it so will they do it again?

Surgeons choice: General anesthesia has much greater risks involved than local injections in an office setting. If you are very anxious IV sedation is another possibility. Totally up to the anesthesiologist and your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a toenail removal. The nurse mixed up the alcohol and phenol container. She poured phenol all over my foot and burned me!

Bad Situation: That is a tragedy and I don't really understand how that could happen.
Discuss this with your doctor and make sure the burns are treated. ...Read more

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Help, I can't stand the pain of shots in my toes. If general anesthesia isn't possible for toenail removal, what about an epidural?

Help, I can't stand the pain of shots in my toes. If general anesthesia isn't possible for toenail removal, what about an epidural?

If your aversion: Is hat bad you can have IV sedation. Once sedated, the foot doctor could give local anesthesia as you would be out if it and the procedure could be done. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise (run, swim,) after a full ingrown toenail removal? Are there any low impact activities I can do?

How long should I wait to exercise (run, swim,) after a full ingrown toenail removal? Are there any low impact activities I can do?

Quite ssoon.: There are several treatment protocols that offer varying speeds of return to normal activity. It is not unusual to return to full activity within 24 hours of having a partial nail removal. A total nail removal may take a little longer depending on the activity. You should consult with the surgeon for his approximation. ...Read more

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Bleeding after toe nail removal. Had 1/3 big toenail removed this aft. Bled thru bandage & sock. Didn't know to elevate. Seems to have stopped. Ok?

Bleeding after toe nail removal. Had 1/3 big toenail removed this aft. Bled thru bandage & sock. Didn't know to elevate. Seems to have stopped. Ok?

If stopped then OK: If the bleeding stopped then you should be ok. It may be related to you taking 2full strength aspirins a day, change the dressing and if start bleeding again see your doctor or go to er. ...Read more

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How do u care for toe after ingrown toenail removal?

How do u care for toe after ingrown toenail removal?

Ask your doctor: Your podiatrist should have provided you with post-procedure instructions on aftercare. Typically you would need to soak your foot in epsom salt soaks and apply an antibiotic ointment or cream. Often foot specialists will prescribe amerigel to apply to the area after an ingrown toenail removal. You need to keep a bandage on the toe until your next follow up visit with the doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my toe to hurt so much after an ingrown toenail removal?

Pain is normal: Pain is expected after ingrown toenail removals. Having said that, pain is typically controlled with over the counter medications such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin and subsides after a few days. If you are concerned with your pain level, you should get in touch with the physician who performed the procedure. ...Read more

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What health insurance plan covers toenail fungus medication and nail removal surgery?

Most: Some plans will require pre-authorization for medication. I don't know of any plan that will not cover nail removal ...Read more

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How do I treat a bad infection that resulted in a home-ingrown-toenail removal attempt?

How do I treat a bad infection that resulted in a home-ingrown-toenail removal attempt?

See a physician: If you have an infection from attempting to self treat an ingrown toenail, it is time to see a physician. Infections need to be properly managed and if not can result in some serious problems (even from ingrowns!) that range from sepsis (infection of the blood) to osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) both of which have serious consequences. A foot specialist can also be able to help that toenail! ...Read more

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My 12 yr old son, had partial removal of ingrown toenail, 6mth ago. Condition come back again. To remove the toenail is it a better option?

My 12 yr old son, had partial removal of ingrown toenail, 6mth ago. Condition come back again. To remove the toenail is it a better option?

Not usually: There are 2 different procedures. One is just cutting out the ingrown edge to allow it to heal. The second destroys part of the root so the ingrown edge doesn't return. If only the first was performed, it is possible for problems to return. If this happens, the permanent procedure is indicated, but only for the ingrown edge (s). ...Read more

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Had total removal of infected ingrown toenail removed in May. Is ok to paint the skin while it grows back? Dr said could take 8 months to grow fully

Had total removal of infected ingrown toenail removed in May. Is ok to paint the skin while it grows back? Dr said could take 8 months to grow fully

Paint away Monet.: If that is want you want to do, there is no reason not to. You might occasionally visually inspect the application site to make sure you are not irritating the skin with the paint. For your information, sometimes after a total nail removal, the new nail may show some distortion. This distortion can be temporary or permanent. There is no way of telling until the begins to appear. ...Read more

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How do you know if your toes are infected 2 weeks after ingrown toenail removal?

Pus: If you have redness, pain or pus coming out of your nail, then you have an infection. Clear yellow/orange/red fluid is okay, however, if you have cloudy fluid, that indicates an infection. Follow up with the doctor who has done the removal for further evaluation. You may need more antibiotics. ...Read more

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Skin around toe black 2months after ingrown toenail removal. Is that normal or should I go back to dr?

Skin around toe black 2months after ingrown toenail removal. Is that normal or should I go back to dr?

Go back: It is always good idea to go back. If the dr. Used a chemical to "destroy" the root of your nail, then it may be okay. However, getting it checked out should put both your mind and the dr's at ease. ...Read more

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Having ingrown toenail removal at doctor tomorrow and have a very low pain tolerance. Anything I can do to help me not worry about the procedure?

Numb: Normally the doctor first numbs the area. Once the area is numb you should feel nothing. Most people who come in concerned leave saying it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be. Good luck! You'll do great. ...Read more