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What is the best way of treating an ingrown toenail?

What is the best way of treating an ingrown toenail?

Needs treatment: An ingrown toenail is caused by a nail spicule grownig into the skin. This piece of nail must be removed in order for the nail to heal. In many cases the spicule is in the back or middle of the nail border. If this is the case it would be very difficult and painful for you to try and remove yourself. You can even make it worse if the you do not get out all of the nail spicule. See a podiatrist. ...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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How do I fix my ingrown toenail?

Nail care: An ingrown toenail can feel like you have a thorn stuck in your skin. All the soaks, antibiotics and anything else in the world will not be able to get rid of this completely. You need to get that little piece of nail out to completely in order to resolve the issue. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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How do I fix an ingrown toenail?

How do I fix an ingrown toenail?

It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. Soak to soften the area and try to get it free. 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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How do I treat an ingrown toenail?

How do I treat an ingrown toenail?

Podiatrist: For mild ingrown toenail trim back nail and pack with cotton. For infected nail the inflammed tissue may need to be professionally removed by a foot doctor. If this is a recurrent problem there is an in office acid procedure which narrows the nail and prevents recurrences. ...Read more

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How do I prevent ingrown toenails ?

How do I prevent ingrown toenails ?

See below: Proper nail care, trim the nails straight across and then use a file to round the edges. ...Read more

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How can I dissolve an ingrown toenail?

Not the best way: Seeing a podiatrist to have it taken care of properly is the best way to resolve an ingrown toenail. Sometimes, 40-50% urea can be applied to the nail under occlusion to hydrolize (waterlog) the toenail to have it come off might be what you are thinking. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toenail, what can I do?

I have an ingrown toenail, what can I do?

See a podiatrist: An ingrown toenail can be easily removed under local anesthesia by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail. What should I do?

Nail care: Ingrown toenails can be remedied through soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic ointment to temporarily soften the corners. One should always try to cut the nails strait across to avoid leaving an embedded nail spicule. If pain or redness continues get it looked at by a professional. ...Read more

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Can I cut the corner of my ingrown toenail?

Can I cut the corner of my ingrown toenail?

See below: Toenail should normally be cut straight across. This will help to avoid ingrown toenails as well as infection. However, if a portion of nail is growing into skin, the ingrown portion of nail can be cut out at corner. If this cannot be done easily or is very bad, see Podiatrist. ...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