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How can I heal a ingrown fingernail quickly? There is clear puss stuff

How can I heal a ingrown fingernail quickly? There is clear puss stuff

Soak, cuticle tool: If it is early, it may respond to soaks, and try to move the skin away from the nail with a cuticle tool. You want to keep the nail free of the skin so it can grow past it. ...Read more

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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I think I have an ingrown fingernail. My fingertip has ballooned in size and painful when touched. How can I fix it or take the pain away?

I think I have an ingrown fingernail. My fingertip has ballooned in size and painful when touched. How can I fix it or take the pain away?

See a doctor: Ingrown nails can certainly be painful. But if it has sudden ballooned in size, you may want to see a doctor as it may be infected, especially if it is red or has pus drainage. This is called paronychia. Ingrown nails can break open the skin and allows bacteria or yeast into the area. See a doctor so they can treat you properly. ...Read more

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I have a badly ingrown fingernail that is causing me a lot of pain. Home treatment is not working so what type of dr do I see to have it cut out?

I have a badly ingrown fingernail that is causing me a lot of pain. Home treatment is not working so what type of dr do I see to have it cut out?

Any reputable: Urgent care center with a physician or the "fast track" area of your local ed. Keep in mind that if it is not abscessed you may only receive analgesics and antibiotics which many times are successful. Trust the physician examing you as the least invasive option that works is the best. ...Read more

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Ingrown fingernail throbbing, swollen and numb. What can I put on it?

Ingrown fingernail throbbing, swollen and numb. What can I put on it?

Maybe infected.: This likely needs medical attention. In the meantime - soak in warm water with Epsom salts. ...Read more

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Should I get my elderly mom a manicure if she has an ingrown fingernail?

Should I get my elderly mom a manicure if she has an ingrown fingernail?

Take care of ingrown: See a physician to care for the ingrown nail before doing anything else. An infection may be brewing. ...Read more

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Pain of prying ingrown fingernail from infected skin cause shock-like symptoms (dizzy, sweaty, low hr, tired). No blood. Can pain cause shock? Dangerous?

Pain of prying ingrown fingernail from infected skin cause shock-like symptoms (dizzy, sweaty, low hr, tired). No blood. Can pain cause shock? Dangerous?

The subjective: Experience of pain can do a lot of things to an individual and is best avoided at all costs. In your case I would recommend stop manipulating your fingernail (lots of pain receptors there) and let your doctor take a look. ...Read more

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How should I manage a ingrown finger nail

How should I manage a ingrown finger nail

Warmth: Warmth for 20 minutes 2-3 times a day can increase blood supply and allow the area to heal more quickly. However, if swelling into the finger occurs, seek assistance, as it may be infected. If warm water soaking, use Epsom salts to prevent the skin from having osmotic damage to the healthy tissue. A heating pad wrapped around the hand will work, just as well. Prevent with longer nails. ...Read more

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What makes an ingrown finger nail better?

What makes an ingrown finger nail better?

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 doctor can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the finger, 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 are the symptoms for ingrown finger nails?

What are the symptoms for ingrown finger nails?

Pain, swelling,: Pus, infection--nothing good. Learn how to trim your nails properly and don't bite them. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ingrown finger nails, every one of them. I don't bite & do manicure. What is the cause & what kind of dr do I need to see?

Ingrown finger nails, every one of them. I don't bite & do manicure. What is the cause & what kind of dr do I need to see?

FootAndHandDisease: You say you"do"manicure. Meaning you are a manicurist or you get your nails done? If the latter, maybe consider the chemicals you are using. If the former, maybe consider the chemicals they are using. Or how short the nails are cut. As for to whom to go, I'd call a podiatrist (foot doctor)and see if they were comfortable looking at your nails. Same basic principles for foot & hand nails. ...Read more

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Noticed a pain in my finger and believe that I have a ingrown finger nail. How can I stop the pain without going to the doctor?

Noticed a pain in my finger and believe that I have a ingrown finger nail. How can I stop the pain without going to the doctor?

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 doctor can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the finger, 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 do I do if I have ridges in my fingernails?

What do I do if I have ridges in my fingernails?

Nail ridges: Vertical nail ridges can result from differing cell turnover in the nail which can occur with aging. It is a common occurrence. Vertical ridges with nails that are brittle or splitting may be related to lichen planus, anemia or hypothyroidism. Changes in color or horizontal ridges may be related to possible medical problems. ...Read more

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Why am I losing my half moons on my fingernails?

Why am I losing my half moons on my fingernails?

Can't say for sure: This is an interesting question without a definitive answer. No one knows for sure but the most thorough answer I found is it could be due to "poor circulation, anemia, fatigue, not enough oxygenation or exercise, heart disease, imbalanced nervous system, numbness, protein deficiency, vitamin a deficiency, low "chi." but none of this is proven. Another website said it means low thyroid. See comment:. ...Read more

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What foods should I eat for strengthening my fingernails?

Great question: Unless you are malnourished, what you eat has little to do with nail health. I have seen nails get harder with oral biotin (2.5 gm daily).
Don't fall for the gelatin myth- that does nothing. ...Read more

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How can I stop biting my fingernails?

How can I stop biting my fingernails?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it's been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more

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What do I do for an infected fingernail?

What do I do for an infected fingernail?

Infection: The mainstay of treatment for finger infections is antibiotics and proper wound care. The proper wound care varies for each of the different infections. This can range from a simple incision and drainage of the wound to an extensive surgical exploration of the wound to remove as much infected material as possible. ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from biting my fingernails?

See below: There are nail polishes available, which are bitter. This may help stop the habit. Sometimes, I suggest bitter apple spray, which is available in a pet store. It is non toxic. ...Read more

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What should I do for this fungus in my fingernail?

What should I do for this fungus in my fingernail?

Fungal infection: Please keep finger nail clean and dry. Consider some white vinegar soaks. If no better in a couple weeks then see doctor for more powerful treatments. Likely will need oral medication or prescription strength meds but natural treatment would be the first line. ...Read more

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How can I stop skin from growing over my fingernails?

Good Manicure: A well trained manicure person can keep that skin pushed back and looking nice. If it becomes inflammed and swollen, see your family doctor right away. ...Read more

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My fingernails are slightly orange, should I be worried?

My fingernails are slightly orange, should I be worried?

ORANGE FINGERNAILS: HOW LONG HAVE YOUR FINGERNAILS BEEN ORANGE?
SOME OF THE CAUSES MIGHT BE A FUNGOUS OR BACTERIAL INFECTION, YOUR NAIL POLISH REMOVER,
CERTAIN MEDICATIONS, ETC.
SUGGESTION: SEE A DERMATOLOGIST ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have purple lines on fingernails?

What does it mean if I have purple lines on fingernails?

Purple line on nail: Fingernails can have many different signs. Purple lines may represent a couple different things; mole/freckle at the nail base or splinter hemorrhage. The latter is not specific to any disease state, but may be a sign of something else that is going on. If you recently injured your nail bed, that might be a sign of bruising.

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/splinter_hemorrhage. ...Read more

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I was wondering how I could heal the skin around my fingernails?

Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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How can I stop a completely ripped off fingernail from bleeding?

How can I stop a completely ripped off fingernail from bleeding?

Direct pressure: Use a bandage or gauze. Hold pressure upwards of 30 minutes. Generally successful. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent my fingernails from twisting as they grow?

What can I do to prevent my fingernails from twisting as they grow?

Vitamins may help: It is difficult to know what you mean by twist as they grow. There could be a problem at matrix where the nail is formed or even at the underling bone. Neither of those problems are treatable at home. If however the nails are soft nutritional supplements containing biotin may be helpful. There is also a prescription for strengthening nails call genedur. ...Read more