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What will a doctor do for an infected ingrown toenail?

What will a doctor do for an infected ingrown toenail?

Remove it/antibiotic: The ingrown portion of nail will have to be removed. Oral antibiotics probably will be necessary unless it is a very mild infection. ...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 is a good antibiotic for an infected ingrown toenail?It recurred after a year. I forgot what meds i took before i had it partially removed.

What is a good antibiotic for an infected ingrown toenail?It recurred after a year. I forgot what meds i took before i had it partially removed.

Partial nail removal: Mark, typically, removal of the offending foreign body which in this case would be the toenail corner digging into your toe would solve the problem. Antibiotic treatment such as Cephalexin may temporarily quiet the infection. I hope that helps. Ethan bindelglas. ...Read more

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I have an infected ingrown toenail and have done for over a week now, will I end up getting sepis if I don't get it sorted?

I have an infected ingrown toenail and have done for over a week now, will I end up getting sepis if I don't get it sorted?

IF YOU ARE DIABETIC: doubt the infection in the ingrown toenail will cause systemic infection,or sepsis, or septicemia. unless you are diabetic or if you have a severe peripheral vascular disease, and you end up with a bad case of ischemia or gangrene. either way why you want to wait until it becomes a life threatening infection, start soaking your foot, trim your nail well, see a doctor,take antibiotic,etc... ...Read more

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Will hot water and bleach help an infected ingrown toenail.?

No...: You risk burning yourself with the temperature of the water and chemically due to the basic ph of the bleach. Make an appointment to see a podiatrist. Prior to your visit, you can begin soaking your toes in a white vinegar-water (1:4) solution for about 10-15 minutes. The vinegar is a natural anti-fungal/antiseptic and the acidic nature will help reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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What should be done about an infected ingrown toenail that can be done in my own home? (already cut the nail and drained pus; how to keep it clean?)

What should be done about an infected ingrown toenail that can be done in my own home? (already cut the nail and drained pus; how to keep it clean?)

A little trick: All answers were correct, i would add just the following: make a match size roll from a gause pad and apply it between the nail's edge and the inflamed skin. Change this a few time. It will help keeping secretion s out and healing. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think my ingrown toenail is infected?

What should I do if I think my ingrown toenail is infected?

Soak/antibiotic oint: Soak in warm soapy water 15-20 min daily, trim the nail corner if easy access and you can see it well, rinse with hydrogen peroxide, blot dry, apply antibiotic ointment and a band aid. Continue until resolved. If chronic problems or an increase in redness, soreness or concerns, see your podiatrist. It is not a difficult problem to fix on a permanent basis if necessary. Dr l. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ingrown toenail :( infected. what do I do?

You see a foot : Doctor who will fix you all up in about five minutes. (Once your in the exam room) ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have an ingrown toenail :( infected. What do I do?

See a foot doc: Usually, the offending nail needs to be removed. You can try soaking in warm water and Epsom salt and applying a topical antibiotic until you can get to the doc. On occasion, you may get lucky with an oral antibiotic but usually the nail that is ingrown needs to be removed. ...Read more

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So, I have 2 infected and ingrown toenails, with which I was able to completely cut off both nails. No pain at all... is this bad? What should I do?

You need to: make sure that you have removed the ingrown toenail at the nail bed, or it will grow crooked again and cause the same issue later. Usually this requires some anesthesia and chemical sterilization to make sure that the nail regrows straight and unhindered. If you had no pain on cutting off the nail, it is likely that you did not reach the nailbed. Please see a healthcare provider for proper exam ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail that's infected and I need something for the infection?

Health tap Prime: The easiest way to get it treated is to connect through Health Tap Prime service. Eventually, you may need to have the ingrown toenail removed. This is usually done by your primary care provider or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Infected to an ingrown toenail...Cure?

Infected to an ingrown toenail...Cure?

Careful /Caution: Infected ingrown toenails can be serious. Usually caused by impropper cutting of nails or breaking off corners. Cut toe nails straight across. If infected, try lifting up the corner& packing a small amount of cotton under the nail. Soak in soapy water & dry well & apply antibiotic oint. Wear open toed footwear. If pus & streakng see md or podiatrist for eval. Many need a procedure & antibio. ...Read more

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Best way to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?

Best way to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?

Infected Ingrow toen: Best way is surgically remove the ingrowing toenail and cleanig the area to drain and coverage with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can you tell if an ingrown toenail is infected?

Drainage: Infections may have redness, pus, drainage, swelling and pain. Don't treat yourself, see your local podiatrist. ...Read more

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It has been months after ingrown toenail and it's still not healed. Could it be infected?

Its possible: I would return to the doctor for a follow up or get a second opinion. It should be healed by now. You need to be evaluated for infection or poor circulation. If you are diabetic, your sugar needs to be well controlled to heal as well. ...Read more

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I recently had my ingrown toenail removed. It is infected. I got clindahexal 150mg. Should I take it if I suffer with eczema. ?

I recently had my ingrown toenail removed.  It is infected.  I got clindahexal 150mg. Should I take it if I suffer with eczema. ?

Clindamycin HCl: You should see a doctor and have the foot cultured before taking an antibiotic so that you are sure that if you fail to respond you have a handle on the causative organism and its susceptibility to specific antibiotics. After culturing you can begin the clindamycin. Call and talk to the doctor who removed the toenail. Best wishes. ...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