Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

female finger pointing at toenailWhat antibiotics treat ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails do not require antibiotics unless they have become infected. After infection, your doctor will advise you on the best antibiotic and how to take your medication. Some of the common antibiotics for ingrown toenails include ampicillin, amoxicillin, and vancomycin.

What is the best thing to do for an ingrown toenail?

Home treatment is possible for some ingrown toenails. Soaking the feet for fifteen minutes can not only relieve symptoms but temporarily soften the nail in a way that may make it possible to cut. However, only a doctor should attempt to remove a severely ingrown toenail. Cutting the toenail the wrong way can cause damage to the nail bed and make the condition recur later on.

Does hydrogen peroxide help ingrown toenail?

Hydrogen peroxide should not be used to manage the symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail unless directed by a doctor. Under medical supervision, an occasional application of hydrogen peroxide, for a very short period of time per application, may help to fight infection.

What draws out an ingrown toenail?

Most ingrown toenails are significantly curved and will not change orientation on their own. Regular soaking can soften the nail and may make it possible to adjust the nail’s position using a tiny amount of wadded cotton placed under the nail. Only after this relieves the contact between the nail and the skin should you consider attempting to trim the nail.

Can ingrown toenails be permanently removed?

Permanent removal of the nail is not recommended as a solution for ingrown toenails because the nail itself helps protect the toe from infection. Once the ingrown toenail is loosened away from the skin and cut, proper nail care can ensure that the condition is unlikely to recur.

What are the surgical treatment options for ingrown toenails?

Several surgical treatments are available for an ingrown toenail, although they are only used as a last resort. In most cases, a small section of the nail bed is removed to prevent part of the nail from growing again in the future. Sometimes, the entire nail is removed.

Will an ingrown toenail heal itself?

Ingrown toenails do not generally resolve on their own. Many ingrown toenails begin as a result of pressure from shoes that are not the right size for the patient – walking and standing in those shoes may continue to worsen the condition over time. With that in mind, it’s essential to be sure your shoes always provide enough room for your toes to expand fully to the sides.

What are the home remedies for ingrown toenails?

Pain and inflammation from ingrown toenails can be managed by soaking the feet in warm water for fifteen minutes at a time. Some people choose to add apple cider vinegar to the water. Toe protectors and toe braces may relieve some pain by allowing the toes to separate naturally. Over the counter pain medication can also help with acute pain felt when the foot bears weight.

How long does an ingrown toenail last?

Without treatment, an ingrown toenail may last indefinitely. It will not necessarily become infected, but there is always a risk this may happen. By getting an ingrown toenail treated as soon as possible, you protect yourself from serious complications.

When to see a doctor for ingrown toenails?

If your ingrown toenail persists for more than two weeks, does not respond to at-home treatment, or recurs after you’ve successfully treated it at home, see a doctor for further advice and care.

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