How do I get rid of an ingrown toenail infection?
Bev H. from Mayville, WI
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I cut my big toe nails way too short and one of them grew back into the skin and got infected. I tried and tried to treat it myself but finally had to go to the doctor. He was very kind and patient with me. He numbed my toe and then he had to lance the skin on the side of my toe, above the infection, so the pus would drain out. He then trimmed the side of my nail at an angle so he could remove the piece that had cut into my skin. He told me the infection would not clear up unless that piece of nail was removed.
Once the infection is cleared, then we can concentrate on growing the nail back with soaking, putting cotton under the nail, ect. He also had me clean the sides of may nails with a very soft tooth brush each time I soaked them. I had to take antibiotics 4 times a day for 10 days. If that did not work, luckily it did, he would next have to do the same thing again, or remove the whole side of that nail.
It will take months for it to grow back. I have a hard time reaching or seeing my toenails up close because of arthritis. I am still soaking them because the skin gets hard around my nail. I am thinking of getting a pedicure because my nails have gotten so thick now that I am older. The infection is cleared up, but it sometimes feels like it is happening again. The corners are not quite past the end of my toe.
Also, I have to find other ways to get the dirt, or toe jams my doctor
called them, out from under the corners of my big toe nails. It drives me crazy, the dirt under the corners, and the only way I saw to get it out was to cut my nails really short and dig the corners and sides out of my skin. Now I am learning other ways. Good Luck Everyone and soak those feet!
Hello, I just had ingrown toenail surgery on both of my toes yesterday. They only cut out he parts that were ingrown. It hurt pretty bad after the numbing shot wore off, but I think things are feeling better now. I had it for 5 years, and I am a dancer, so it hurt very bad. To get rid of the infection, soak your toe(s) in Epsom Salt diluted water, and wrap it using Neosporin and a bandage or Band-Aid.
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I have an ingrown toenail, it doesn't look to bad but it's red, and easy to hurt. The last thing I want to do is surgery, what should I do?
The doctor told me to cut my toenails in a square shape so they wouldn't grow into the toe. He said it could happen from cutting them wrong, or even stubbing your toe and jamming the nail into your skin. Just make sure you try to get it out yourself or go see a doctor fast. You don't want to feel the pain I did! What I've done before is soak my foot in warm, salty water to soften the skin and the nail and try to cut it out yourself. Make sure to try and squeeze out any infection it may have (I had a few minor ones) and put peroxide on it if it is a little infected. If it's bad, you need to see a doctor. (12/12/2006)
I think this can easily happen depending on how you cut your toenails and how your toenails are shaped. My daughter's big toenails are more curved.
You might want to see a podiatrist. Also, if you put ingrown toenail into a search engine, it will turn up some info for you and show some pictures, etc. (12/12/2006)
However, if it is red and inflamed...it is probably infected and may only get worse. you may need an antibiotic. Call your doctor. Please remember that is is NOT frugal to NOT seek medical attention when it is required (12/12/2006)
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