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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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I stubbed my toe cracked my nail down the right corner it's tender and turning red what are at home treatments for ingrown toenails?

I stubbed my toe cracked my nail down the right corner  it's tender and turning red what are at home treatments for ingrown toenails?

Natural nail RX. : Treating an ingrown nail naturally can ease the pain. First soak the toe with warm water with two tablespoons of salt and add 1 teaspoon of peroxide in the water or use 1 teaspoon of tree tree oil bd soak twenty minutes. Apply a topical antibiotic then see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Extreme ingrown toenails worst I have ever seen! what the best treatment?

Extreme ingrown toenails worst I have ever seen! what the best treatment?

See a podiatrist: You need to see a podiatrist who will probably use local anesthetic to numb the toe and remove the ingrown toenail. If there is infection an antibiotic will be needed. ...Read more

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What should I expect after treatment of an ingrown toenail?

What should I expect after treatment of an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown nail : You can expect to be pain free. It's a simple in office procedure and most are able to do daily activity the next day. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for ingrown toenails?

What is the best treatment for ingrown toenails?

It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. 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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What is the best treatment for ingrown toenails?

What is the best treatment for  ingrown toenails?

See a podiatrist: The podiatrist can examine the toe and may be able to trim the nail properly for you and recommend a topical medication to avoid recurrence or may recommend a more definitive treatment. Depending on the chronicity of your ingrown toenails, you may want to have the edge of the nail plate removed temporarily or permanently. Both procedure are done in-office with little to no down-time. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best treatment of ingrown toenails?

Could you tell me what's the best treatment of ingrown toenails?

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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Which treatment if you have an ingrown toenails which are nasty and very painful is the very best?

See chiropodist: Chiropodists or podiatrists are well trained and versed in the care of ingrown toe nails. Some just require soaking +- antibiotics and professional trimming of the nail. If very bad with granulation tissue (chronic sore) or unresponsive to conservative therapy may require surgery. ...Read more

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I'm getting my ingrown toenail treated in a few days, how long is the treatment process?

Ingrown nail: What I do is remove it under local and remove part of the matrix which is a very quick procedure and heals quite quickly in most cases. Matrix can be removed either by acid or surgically ...Read more

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I'm getting my ingrown toenail treated in a few days. What is the duration of the treatment process?

Depends: Treatment of ingrown nail consist of toe- ring block ( local anasthetic) followed by partial or total nail excision and debridement. This process can range between 15 to 45 min. ...Read more

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Do you know any painless treatment/management of ingrown toenails?

Ingrown: Outside of periodically trimming the offending nail edge back , there is no painless treatment. Even with the surgical treatment my patients rarely take more than tylenol (acetaminophen) . See your podiatrist and discuss your concerns so they can be accommodated in the best manner possible. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for an ingrown toenail?

Removal : As an ingrown nail is actually a 'foreign body', it needs to be removed, either temporarily or permanently. Both procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia. Normal activitty can be resumed the day after surgery in most cases. ...Read more

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I've had an ingrown toenail for around 3 years now. Inflammation and pain is coming from my ingrown toenail. What should I do for treatment?

I've had an ingrown toenail for around 3 years now. Inflammation and pain is coming from my ingrown toenail. What should I do for treatment?

See a professional: Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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What to do about ingrown toenail treatment unsuccessful?

What to do about ingrown toenail treatment unsuccessful?

Nail care: Try soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic ointment to temporarily soften the corners. If you have redness and drainage, get it looked at by a professional, as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed again. You may benefit with a permanent removal of the ingrown part of the nail. ...Read more

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What will happen if you leave an ingrown toenail without treatment?

What will happen if you leave an ingrown toenail without treatment?

Infection of bone: Ingrown toenails can cause infection in the skin which can progress to bone infections. The skin in your toe is close to your bone so long standing ingrown toe nails are dangerous. If infection gets to your bone, there is a chance you can lose your toe. ...Read more

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I just had an ingrown toenail removed and was not informed of post-op treatment. Should i soak it in water/bleach? Can i swim in a chlorinated pool?

I just had an ingrown toenail removed and was not informed of post-op treatment. Should i soak it in water/bleach? Can i swim in a chlorinated pool?

Depending on when: It was performed, soaking in warm water and epsom salt, dry, apply triple antibiotic ointment and band aide during the 1st week. Most give post op instructions. ...Read more

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Is warm water foot bath with sea salt good home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Is the sea salt beneficial?

Is warm water foot bath with sea salt good home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Is the sea salt beneficial?

So the : Water will initially soften the nail and the salt can help kill infection if one is present but at sametime it can also burn. Best bet is to see foot doctor because you risk further infection playing around with it. ...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?

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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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