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Many of our site visitors want to know the best ingrown toe nail treatment available so that they can get rid of a very uncomfortable condition (some ask for Ingrown fingernail Treatment). Below are questions that were recently submitted along with answers that provide some helpful tips.
Question:

I have had ingrown toenails for as long as I can remember. I didnít know if there was much I could do about them. What is the best ingrown toenail remedy available?

Answer:

I donít know if there is any one ingrown toenail fungus remedy or ingrown fingernail remedy that works best. What I do recommend is using an ingrown toe nail treatment as soon as you recognize that you have one. 

Early ingrown toenail treatment includes soaking your foot in warm water several times each day for 15-20 minutes. Dry your foot and apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment and a clean dressing. Do not cut your nail. For the next few days, wear open-toed or loose-fitting shoes. When the nail grows out, cut it straight across. (This also applies for ingrown fingernail)

Question:

How do I know if my ingrown toenails are getting worse and what do I do to make them better?

Answer:

Signs that your ingrown toenails are getting worse include increasing pain, swelling and drainage. You may need to gently lift the edge of the ingrown toenail from its embedded position and insert some cotton or waxed dental floss under the corner of the nail. This should be changed on a daily basis. There are certain situations when minor surgery is required to remove the part of the nail that is growing into the skin.  (This also applies in the instance of ingrown fingernail)

Question:

If an ingrown toenail remedy doesnít work, what are my alternatives?

Answer:

If home remedies don't help and you are in a lot of pain, a podiatrist can perform any number of minor surgical procedures. Almost all of these are done in the podiatristís office under a local anesthetic.

The most common ingrown toenail treatment is to remove a portion of the nail on its side where the problem lies. This is called partial nail plate avulsion. The worst case scenario is when the complete nail is curved and will need to be completely removed, which is referred to as complete nail plate avulsion. 

A tetanus immunization will be given at first if it has been longer than five years since your last one. Because there is an open wound with an ingrown toenail, there is always a chance of tetanus. 

The doctor will inject medication to numb the toe. Then, your toenail will be cut along the edge and the piece of nail will be pulled out.  If the whole nail is removed, the doctor may destroy some of the cells that make the nail grow back by applying a small electrical charge or a chemical to the skin under the nail. 

The physician may also decide to surgically remove part of the nail bed referred to as ablation,  This is done so that the edge of the nail that caused the problem will not return. It may take 3-4 months for your nail to re-grow. After these surgical procedures, antibiotics and daily bandage changing may be necessary especially if there is a problem with wound healing or if the circulation is poor or if you have diabetes.

Question:

Do ingrown toenails or fingernails come back?

Answer:

Ingrown toenails or fingernails often recur. If you have a chronic problem with an ingrown toenail, an ingrown toenail remedy may not be enough. Your doctor might recommend another surgical procedure in which the toenail's formative part is permanently removed.

 



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