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What does a doctor do for an ingrown toenail?

What does a doctor do for an ingrown toenail?

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 more

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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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What can I do to care for an ingrown toenail?

What can I do to care 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 more

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Is there a medication that i can take orally that would knock me out for an ingrown toenail procedure cause im bad with shots?

Is there a medication that i can take orally that would knock me out for an ingrown toenail procedure cause im bad with shots?

Yes: Your doctor should be able to offer a pill to relax you and make the injections easier. You can't be made unconscious, but it should calm you enough that the minute or so it takes to numb your toe will be no big deal. They can also use cold spray on the skin so you hardly feel the actual needle stick, just a little stinging from the medication. ...Read more

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I live in carlinville, il and i was wanting to know how much it would cost in this area for an ingrown toenail procedure without insurance for sure?

I live in carlinville, il  and i was wanting to know how much it would cost in this area for an ingrown toenail procedure without insurance for sure?

Cost will vary: Depending on the doctor, the cost will vary. In my houston office, we charge a cash price of $250 which includes the initial visit, the procedure, and the follow up visit. You should search on the internet for podiatrists in your area and call for an all-inclusive cost. ...Read more

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What is done for an ingrown toenail?

What is done for an ingrown toenail?

Remove....: Or cut out portion of nail that is ingrown. Depending on severity this can be done with or without anesthesia. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be necessary. In recurrent situations there are procedures to prevent that portion of nail from regrowing. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for an ingrown toenail?

Fairly short: Following having an ingrown nail removed either just avulsion or with matrixectomy you are back in shoes the next day or 1 more. Complete healing depend on which procedure you do but in general tems a week to 2 weeks. If infection is involved dont delay get treatment today. ...Read more

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What is the remedy for an ingrown toenail?

What is the remedy for an ingrown toenail?

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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What is the best cure for an ingrown toenail?

Have it looked at.: 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 redness and 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 more

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What can I do to protect my toe during a shower after having surgery for an ingrown toenail?

What can I do to protect my toe during a shower after having surgery for an ingrown toenail?

Toenail aftercare: That depends on what type of surgery you had for the ingrown toe nail. Most of the time, that type of surgery requires some soaking of the toe following surgery. In some cases however, there are sutures in place and the toe needs to be kept dry. With any surgical procedure you should have received written instructions on your aftercare. You need to contact your provider for clarification. ...Read more

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Is there a home remedy for an ingrown toenail?

Is there a home remedy for an ingrown toenail?

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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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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Please help! what is the best home remedy for an ingrown toenail that hurts?

Please help! what is the best home remedy for an ingrown toenail that hurts?

Soaks for a start...: An infection in the area can be treated locally by soaks - i like dilute vinegar soaks beacuse they provide an acid environment which is not conducive to most opportunistic bacteria (the ones that take advantage of an opportunity to get in). Also use a topical antibiotic cream. If the redness doesn't go away soon, you may need an oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can you be put to sleep if requested for an ingrown toenail surgery?

Can you be put to sleep if requested for an ingrown toenail surgery?

Rarely: There would have to be a very unusual circumstance to be put to sleep for an ingrown toenail which is a simple office procedure. ...Read more

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I was put on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) today for an ingrown toenail. How long until it starts to work?

I was put on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) today for an ingrown toenail. How long until it starts to work?

Topical antibiotics: Are only minimally effective in dealing with an ingrown nail, and if no infection is present, the only benefit you're likely to get is from moistening the skin. The piece of nail that's stuck in your skin needs to be remove to get immediate and painless relief. Call a toe truck and bring it to a podiatrist. The sooner you do, the faster you'll feel better! ...Read more

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Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

See your doctor...: There is obviously something wrong. If i had a patient that wasn't healed after that amount of time i would take an x-ray and take a biopsy of the area for a pathologist to look at. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an ingrown toenail to get infected? It is sore and slightly pinkish.

YES: Yes, an ingrown toenail can very often get infected. I recommended soaking in epson salts three times daily. If it doesn't improve, you may need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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To take the pain away of the shot for an ingrown toenail is it better to ask for an oral sedative or a topical anesthetic?

To take the pain away of the shot for an ingrown toenail is it better to ask for an oral sedative or a topical anesthetic?

Topical can help: Using a topical anesthetic cream such as Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) can help make the procedure more comfortable. One can put the cream on at home, about an hour before the procedure. Somebody else can do the driving to and from the doctor's office. Discuss such options with the doctor ahead of time. ...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