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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 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 do you know if you have an ingrown toenail?

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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What to do for ingrown toenail if you need to walk a lot?

Ingrown toenail: Permanent removal of the offending side of the toenail is safe, easy and minimally painful post-op. It is the most definitive approach. Otherwise, periodic trimming of the side of the nail would be needed. ...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

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What to do if I have a nailbed infection?

What to do if I have a nailbed infection?

Warm soaks: You can start by soaking your finger in warm water to encourage drainage of the infection. If the infection worsens despite doing this, you should see your doctor for a drainage procedure. Antibiotics can be used in more severe cases. ...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 can you know if u have an ingrown toenail?

See below: Ingrown nails are usually painful especially when there is pressure applied to it. Sometimes you can see the nail edge pressing into the skin or there may be redness, swelling and infection. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid a trip to the doctor's if I have an ingrown toenail?

Why avoid?: Not sure the rationale to avoid the doctor's office and suffer with pain with an ingrown nail. The ingrown nail is a sharp piercing body into the skin that can cause pain, infection, and suffering. Having that shard removed is the best treatment for this and avoiding a doctor is not the right answer. ...Read more

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What to do with an ingrown toenail if a runner?

What to do with an ingrown toenail if a runner?

Ingrown toenail: Conservative care by cutting away the offending portion of nail periodically should suffice. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a ingrown toenail and i need help removing it?

What to do if I have a ingrown toenail and i need help removing it?

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 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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How to tell if I have an ingrown nail?

How to tell if I have an ingrown nail?

Pain, redness.: Redness and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage indicates an "ingrown toenail". If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. While waiting to see your doctor, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have an ingrown hair?

How can you tell if you have an ingrown hair?

May notice a bump: You may get red, tender, inflamed, hot, infected, and it may get larger. See your doctor if it worrying you. ...Read more

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How to know if you have in ingrown hair or blackhead?

By looking: An ingrown hair is a hair shaft that is growing into the skin instead of outward; a blackhead is a plugged-up oil gland with a dot of dark pigment (not dirt) on top. Both are identified visually. ...Read more

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How to know if you have a plantar wart?

How to know if you have a plantar wart?

Feel it: You feel it harder than adjacent normal area, and also tender. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i want help with an ingrown toe nail?

What do you advise if i want help with an ingrown toe nail?

Ingrown Nail: Nails should be cut straight across and allowed to grow past the cuticle a couple millimeters. If the ingrown nail is red, swollen,  tender or has any drainage, you must be seen by a Podiatrist to have it resected appropriately.   ...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