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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 happens when you leave an ingrown toenail for too long?

What happens when you leave an ingrown toenail for too long?

Any pain: Long standing ingrown toenails most likely is due to poorly fitted shoes narrow at the toe box. If you are able to put up with needless pain nothing will happen, if you have infection, pus coming out of edge of nail, then will have all the complication of septic focus in the body, if you have implanted devices, defective heart valves, vascular grafts they get infected, could be lethal. ...Read more

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Had an ingrown toenail removed at least 2 weeks ago. How long do I have to wait before I can paint my toenails?

Had an ingrown toenail removed at least 2 weeks ago. How long do I have to wait before I can paint my toenails?

Ask your Podiatrist: Every MD has his own criteria but suspect 2 wks is long enough unless it is not healing well or looks infected ...Read more

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How long does an ingrown toenail take to heal?

How long does an ingrown toenail take to heal?

Have it checked: What you describe is a condition known as onychocryptosis or ingrown toenail. The symptoms can vary from very mild to severe depending on how long it has been present. It occurs when part of the nail penetrates the skin, which can often result in an infection. The treatment includes antibiotics, and removal of the offending part of the nail. See a dermatologist or podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How long do ingrown toenails take to heal?

If treated properly: A minor problem will heal quickly. If you're talking about a 'permanent' correction (matrixectomy), then it will take a few weeks. There is typically very little in the way of disability, though. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ingrown toenails that were reomoved to fully heal?

How long does it take for ingrown toenails that were reomoved to fully heal?

Depends: On extent of problem, procedure performed, if infection is present as well as your circulatory status. Could be days to several weeks. ...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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Could an ingrown toenail cause my foot to become and stay numb for long periods of time?

It shouldn't: A lot of swelling from an ingrown toenail could cause some temporary numbness. If it lasts more than a few days you should see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What happens if you have an ingrown toenail?

What happens if you have an ingrown toenail?

Dr. Hettinger's: Answer was excellent, but one thing i'd like to add: don't try to remove an ingrown toenail yourself. This is particularly true if you're diabetic or have poor circulation or compromised health. It's just so simple and easy for a podiatrist to remove these things, there really is no reason to try to mess with this yourself. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an ingrown toenail?

Pain: Nail that curves into the cuticle is considered ingrown. Cut toenails straight across so that the corners are visible and overhanging the skin to prevent ingrown nails. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toenail. How do I cut it?

In order 2-: -avoid serious complications seek care from a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What to do if I may have an ingrown toenail?

What to do if I may have 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. 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 can I tell if I have an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenail.: You will usually have pain along the sides and tips of your toenail borders, if you have ingrown toenail. And, if these borders are also red and swollen, you may also have an infected ingrown toenail problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I may have an ingrown toenail?

What to do if I may have an ingrown toenail?

Nail care: The ingrown part of the nail is not always visible. 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. ...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