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How do you treat an ingrown big toe nail?
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Removal
Surgical removal is relatively easy in office procedure.
See a podiatrist.

In brief: Removal
Surgical removal is relatively easy in office procedure.
See a podiatrist.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: See a podiatrist.
If there is mild discomfort and no redness ot drainage, round the corner of the nail slightly.
Anything more than that and its just wiser to have a doctor take care of it. The nail border may be trimmed back, or in repetitive cases, a surgical procedure can be done in the office to make the nail more narrow and prevent recurrences.

In brief: See a podiatrist.
If there is mild discomfort and no redness ot drainage, round the corner of the nail slightly.
Anything more than that and its just wiser to have a doctor take care of it. The nail border may be trimmed back, or in repetitive cases, a surgical procedure can be done in the office to make the nail more narrow and prevent recurrences.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Dr. Brandon Macy
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Dr. Mathew John
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Avoid tight shoes
Ingrown toenails are often caused by tight shoes.
But they also can occur due to the genetic makeup of the individuals nail growth. Ingrown toenails that are mild can be relieved with soaking and / or an antibiotic. But for moderate to severe or chronic ingrown toenails you should see your podiatrist to have them permanently removed. Only the ingrown portion is removed leaving the rest of the nail.

In brief: Avoid tight shoes
Ingrown toenails are often caused by tight shoes.
But they also can occur due to the genetic makeup of the individuals nail growth. Ingrown toenails that are mild can be relieved with soaking and / or an antibiotic. But for moderate to severe or chronic ingrown toenails you should see your podiatrist to have them permanently removed. Only the ingrown portion is removed leaving the rest of the nail.
Dr. Mathew John
Dr. Mathew John
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
In brief: See a professional
Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection.
Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications.

In brief: See a professional
Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection.
Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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