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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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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

Onychocryptosis is the medical name for ingrown toe nail. The nail can be flat or curved and still be ingrown. 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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Could you tell me what happens if you leave an ingrown toenail untreated?

Could you tell me what happens if you leave an ingrown toenail untreated?

Bad infection...: Sometimes the infection can be so bad that it will infiltrate the surrounding bone - then you have big problems. The infection can also possibly get into your blood stream and cause a septic event - also very serious. See a podiatrist and get it treated before things get worse, and potentially much worse. ...Read more

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What will happen if you leave an ingrown toenail but don't get it cut off?

What will happen if you leave an ingrown toenail but don't get it cut off?

Ingrown Nail: I have seen this happen before, more times than i would like...And, it would be one of the worst experiences of your life.... If the infection from an ingrown nail, gets into the bone at the end of your toe ( osteomyelitis ).....The infected bone will need to be removed, and you would then, need IV antibiotics for about 1 months. Please do not let this happen...See a specialist. ...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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Just had ingrown toenail removed how long do I need to keep it bandaged for?

Ingrown: Nail sx post op usually soak in warm water with epsom salt twice daily, cover area wit triple antibiotic and bandaid 5 days is what I have my patients do. Hope it helps! ...Read more

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How long should I wait before going back to work after my ingrown toenail is removed?

How long should I wait before going back to work after my ingrown toenail is removed?

Nail: What do you do? You can return when it is healed enough to do your job without making the wound worse. Every day should get better. Ask your doc. ...Read more

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After the removal of my ingrown toenail via a pediatrist procedure how long should I wait before going into a lake to swim?

After Ingrown: It depends on how involved of your ingrown problem at the first place that would lead to procedure. Was there any infection? Is there still redness, swelling, bleeding or pain on that area? What kind of procedure you had complete or partial nail toenail removed? My suggestion is to get permission from your doctor before commit to any activity involve with getting the area compromised. ...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