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Can it hurt to get an ingrown toenail removed?

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Dr. Ly Phan
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hmm no

After the initial pain from needle stic to numb you up, the entire surgery is painless.
Yip.

In brief: Hmm no

After the initial pain from needle stic to numb you up, the entire surgery is painless.
Yip.
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phan
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry

In brief: 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. The pain is minimal afterward.

In brief: 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. The pain is minimal afterward.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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