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Ingrown Toenails


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Comment from: Scott, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

I suffered from severe pain, had the redness all around my big toe and could feel the infection developing. I barely could have walked in my shoes. I was lucky enough to get rid of ingrown toenail with no surgery. It might be different for various stages, but I fixed mine with only Dermatico.

Comment from: Ma Griza, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I am currently in so much pain and I am so used to diagnosing myself. I know I have an ingrown toe nail, but so scared of surgery. I have been suffering for months on end, there is no redness yet but my toe is throbbing and it feels as if my entire foot is in pain. The soaking does not seem to bring relief.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 16

I have redness, pain and swelling with a little pus because of ingrown toenails.

Comment from: Rachna, 25-34 (Patient) Published: April 07

My right foot big toe's outer corner edge is paining since couple of months now, but I don't see any swelling or redness on that area. I however fear an ingrown toenail situation.

Comment from: Al, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I had swelling, redness, and pain. I am under the care of a doctor. I'm having surgery soon, but I'm not looking forward to the pain.

Comment from: Paula, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I had an operation to remove part of the nail as my nail had grown into the skin on my right big toe. It has grown a lot but is starting to grow into the skin again.

Comment from: jgrienin, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 30

When I have an ingrown toe nail, I simply cut a v notch in the center of the nail where I normally trim the nail back. The relief is instantaneous. So far it has worked every time. It naturally pulls the nail away from the skin on both sides as the nail tries to grow to close the V.

Comment from: dmercand, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I experienced the classic symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail such as redness, throbbing pain and swelling. The Podiatrist removed the entire long, jagged ingrown nail then drained the pus and applied an antibiotic. After the infection is resolved she will cauterize the point where the nail grows so there will be no further nail growth for the ingrown nail. In the meantime I will continue to soak my toe in Epsom salts.

Comment from: BES, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

My nail salon cut the nail too short. Now when it grows even slightly the skin surrounding it gets swollen and painful. I don't want to remove all but a 1/2 inch down the center of the normal nail. This is what the podiatrist suggested.

Comment from: DEB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I had an intense pain on inner part of big toe. Throbbing pain. Any time I took my shoe off my toe hurt, not to mention when I was wearing shoes. I tried all the home remedies and finally went to foot doctor for relief. He said the ingrown nail was very deep and that was the reason I could not remove on my own.

Comment from: Ginger, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I was digging holes for perennials and smashed my big toe with a shovel. I could not see that the toenail was damaged but apparently it had a jagged edge and became severely infected. My podiatrist had to remove part of the nail and put silver cream on the ingrown toe area.

Medically reveiwed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine


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