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What To Do If You Have An Ingrown Toenail
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a podiatrist: Removal of an ingrown toenail is a simple procedure under local anesthesia. You can try to soak the toe in warm water with epsom salt to soften the skin and then try to lift the nail edge and pack a small piece of cotton under it. Apply antiseptic and bandaid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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