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What happens if you have an ingrown toenail?

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Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Howard Fox
Dr. Howard Fox
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Dr. David Hettinger
Quite true - thanks for adding!
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Hettinger
Dr. David Hettinger
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Have it looked at.

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: Have it looked at.

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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