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What Can You Do For An Ingrown Toenail
See a podiatrist: You might make the problem worse trying to dig them out yourself in terms of increased pain or infection. A podiatrist can give you fast pain relief. If this is a recurrent issue, there are permanent procedures that keep this from bothering you again in the future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Removal: The procedure is called a phenol and alcohol procedure. This entails numbing your toe, removing the offending nail part and then killing the nail root to keep the nail from regrowing. It takes about 2-3 weeks to heal but there is a good chance it will feel better for you the next day. If the nail is only ingrown at the tip of the toe an intrument is used to gently remove the part that hurts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ingrown hairs: If you have ingrown hairs try not to wax, shave or pluck hairs until healed. This can often heal without treatment. Your physician can prescribe medication to clear dead skin cells (retinoids). Steroids may be used for significant inflammation & antibiotics may be considered if the area has become infected. ...Read more
Exfoliate and warm: First bet is to allow nature to take its course. If it doesn't naturally come out as the skin turns over, gently exfoliate with microbeads (not nut scrubs, too harsh), then warm in steam or compresses to expand the pore, then gently try to pluck it out with tweezers without scarring surrounding skin. A dermatologist can do this professionally without scars. Also prevent recurrence - laser hair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If it is acutely: inflamed, you need to see a doctor for nail removal and maybe even antibiotics. If it is a chronic problem, you should start to use nail clipping techniques that avoid sharp edges that grow into surrounding skin. Your doctor can show you this technique at next visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not the right choice: Ingrown toenails can be temporarily 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. If you have continued pain, redness or drainage, get it looked at by a professional as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed and you may need antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Ingrown nails are usually painful especially when there is pressure applied to it. Sometimes you can see the nail edge pressing into the skin or there may be redness, swelling and infection. ...Read more
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