Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown-ToenailsAn ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail pierces the skin along the sides of the toe. An ingrown toenail is graded between 1 and 3 depending on the severity of the situation. Generally, an ingrown toenail will not resolve on its own and in all cases the nail piece must be removed. In a grade 1 case this is a very simple process, and does not require any local anesthesia. In other cases (usually grade 3) the toe has become infected and the patient may require a partial or total nail avulsion as well as antibiotics. (It is important to remember that antibiotics will settle the inflammation and infection, but the toe nail will remain ingrown.) Grade 3 ingrown toenails will generally always require nail surgery to correct the problem permenantly.

 

Treatment options for Ingrown Toenails:

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