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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

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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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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I'm wondering how long does it take for an ingrown toenail to heal?

Depends: It depends on how it is treated. If surgical removal 10-14 days. ...Read more

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Just had ingrown toenail removed how long do I need to keep it bandaged for?

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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How long after ingrown toenail surgery do I wait to exercise?

How long after ingrown toenail surgery do I wait to exercise?

Depends: On exactly what you had done. When I do a procedure to remove an ingrown nail in the office, the patient is told they have no activity restrictions afterwords. ...Read more

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I had an inflamed ingrown toenail. I got it taken out today. How long would it take for the rest to grow back?

I had an inflamed ingrown toenail. I got it taken out today. How long would it take for the rest to grow back?

Hmmmm be patience: Few weeks. Out should start to regrow within a week but 4 week plus to fully cover the entire nailbed. ...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 will an ingrown toenail last?

How long will an ingrown toenail last?

Ingrown nail: It is going to last as long as it there. ...Read more

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How long willan ingrown toenail take to heal?

It depends: There are various ways to treat it. A simple partial nail avulse on about one week. A permenant partial nail avulsion can take 2-3 weeks. If the doctor simply clips the corner of the nail then 1 day. ...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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On average, how long will a recovery last from ingrown toenail take?

Did u have surgery,?: If yes then u should feel immediate relief. And the wound will close with in a week or so. ...Read more

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I'm getting my ingrown toenail treated in a few days, how long is the treatment process?

Ingrown nail: What I do is remove it under local and remove part of the matrix which is a very quick procedure and heals quite quickly in most cases. Matrix can be removed either by acid or surgically ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise (run, swim,) after a full ingrown toenail removal? Are there any low impact activities I can do?

How long should I wait to exercise (run, swim,) after a full ingrown toenail removal? Are there any low impact activities I can do?

Quite ssoon.: There are several treatment protocols that offer varying speeds of return to normal activity. It is not unusual to return to full activity within 24 hours of having a partial nail removal. A total nail removal may take a little longer depending on the activity. You should consult with the surgeon for his approximation. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a toenail to grow back after ingrown toenail removal?

About 1 year: It takes a toenail about 1 year to grow from base of toe to tip. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover after ingrown toenail surgery..?

Depends on the : Procedure. Was it done with a chemical? Do you have sutures? Here are different procedures. Usually anywhere from 1-3 weeks. One is allowed to walk though same day... ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail and just had operation but it's not getting better. How long does it take?

Return to the dr: It should get better after the doc took care of it, however, every now and then if an infection was present it may take a little longer, it is possible a small spicule of nail was left behind. .....See the doc for a follow up...... ...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?

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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Could osteomyelitis be caused by long term ingrown toenail?

Could osteomyelitis be caused by long term ingrown toenail?

Yes: Ingrown toenails most commonly involve big toe, but can involve any toenail.Nail becomes ingrown when one or both sides grow into the skin of toe. Skin then becomes red, swollen and painful. Sometimes nail actually breaks the skin and causes a localized infection which may become more acutely painful and cause drainage from the side of the toe. If ignored, can progress to osteomyelitis. ...Read more

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I had 2 ingrown Toenails they had hurt for so long I I took out a peice that was deep in 1 toe I think it's worse now. no pcp will urgent care help?

Foot doctor: you need a partial toenail avulsion. It's should be removed from the root of the toenail. Urgent care might know how to do this ...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