Ingrown toenail-Treatment

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If you have diabetes, nerve damage in the leg or foot, poor circulation at the foot or an infection around the nail, go to the doctor at once. Do not try to treat this problem at home.

To treat an incarnated nail at home:

  • Soak your foot in hot water 3 to 4 times a day if possible. The rest of the time, keep your toe dry.
  • Apply a massage gently on inflamed skin.
  • Place a small piece of cotton or floss under the nail. Wet the cotton with water or antiseptic.

When trimming the toenails:

  • Briefly soak the foot in warm water to soften the nail.
  • Use a clean, sharp nail clipper.
  • Trim your toenails straight across the tip. Do not roughen or corrode the corners or trim them too much. Do not try to trim the buried part of the nail yourself, as this will only worsen the problem.

Consider wearing sandals until the problem is gone. Over-the-counter medicines that are placed on the ingrown toenail can help with the pain, but they do not treat the problem.

If this does not work and the ingrown toenail gets worse, go to your family doctor, a foot specialist (podiatrist) or a skin specialist (dermatologist).

If the ingrown toenail does not heal or keeps reappearing, the doctor may remove part of it:

  • Anesthesia is first injected into the toe.
  • Using scissors, the doctor then cuts along the edge of the nail where the skin is growing. This portion of the nail is then removed. This is called partial nail avulsion.
  • It will take 2 to 4 months for the nail to grow again.

Sometimes the doctor will use a chemical, electric current, or other small surgical incision to destroy or remove the area from which a new nail can grow.

If the toe becomes infected, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics.


Source: MedlinePlus

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