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

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

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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What do you suggest if I have an ingrown toenail. I'm not going to the doctors for a couple days and it really hurts. Is there a way to temporarily numb it?

What do you suggest if I have an ingrown toenail. I'm not going to the doctors for a couple days and it really hurts. Is there a way to temporarily numb it?

Hot water and Epsom : Salt, ice will have very temporary numbing effects. See the foot doc and they will fix it so no more pain or problem. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail. What should I do?

Nail care: Ingrown toenails can be remedied through soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic ointment to temporarily soften the corners. One should always try to cut the nails strait across to avoid leaving an embedded nail spicule. If pain or redness continues get it looked at by a professional. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail and it hurts badly. What can I do?

See Podiatrist: To get proper evaluation and treatment. This will require ingrown portion of nail to be cut out. In the mean time, try soaking and apply antibiotic cream/ointment. If ingrown is superficially and can be easily cut back, you can do this yourself but is deep nor difficult to do, get medical attention. ...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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I have a ingrown toenail and there isn't an appointment available until August 15th. I was wondering what can I do to ease the pain?

I have a ingrown toenail and there isn't an appointment available until August 15th. I was wondering what can I do to ease the pain?

Ice, elevate, pain -: -Rx. Not much else 2 do. Sometimes warm soapy soaks help. U can also tell the office that U will take a spot if there is a cancellation. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown toenail for about 2 years now and i want to get surgery but in 5 months, is it bad to wait 5 mnths to get surgery .?

I have a ingrown toenail for about 2 years now and i want to get surgery but in 5 months, is it bad to wait 5 mnths to get surgery .?

Depends: On the situation. If there is pain and/or infection, some treatment needs to be performed but not necessarily surgery. Sometimes and incision and drainage may be needed and ingrown portion of nail needs to be cut out. If the problem can be treated palliatively without infection than definitive surgery can wait. ...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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Is it ok to get a pedicure if u have a ingrown toenail?

Is it ok to get a pedicure if u have a ingrown toenail?

Ingrown nails: If you have an ingrown nail getting a pedicure is not necessarily bad. However, you need to make sure of a couple of things. First, don't allow the person to try to dig the ingrown nail out. They will most likely make it worse. Second, if you have an infection and they don't sterilize their instruments properly, it can spread to others. I suggest you see a Podiatrist and get it treated first. ...Read more

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I have a ingrown. Toenail extreemly painful can't ware a shoe the toe next to the pinkiy toe?

Re: ingrown Toenail: If you are diabetic, make and appointment to see a healthcare professional immediately. Be alert for signs of infection including redness swelling and drainage (fluid or pus). A portion or the entire nail may need to be removed by the doctor (under local anesthesia in a clean/aseptic environment of course). Good luck. ...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