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How do I cure and prevent ingrown toe nails?

I constantly have ingrown toe nails and I'm tired of it! Is there anything I can do to get rid of one and prevent them from returning?

Go barefoot. This is a serious answer. It works.  (+ info)

Anyone know a good way to get rid of ingrown toe nails?

I have had ingrown toe nails for years now and nothing I do seems to help I try cutting them straight across like they tell you to, and I tried putting a peice of cotton under it until it grows out but nothing seems to help. I know it is bad to "dig" them out on your own but I dont have health insurance and cant go to the doctor. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

Unfortunately you may have to go to a doctor to have ingrown toe nail surgery. when they do that the apply acid the the root so that it wont grow any more.  (+ info)

how do I get rid of ingrown toe nails?

How do I get rid of ingrown toe nails without going to a hospitol?

I have dealt with many ingrown toe nails before. The only way to get them out is to cut them out.  (+ info)

How does ingrown toe nails develop into a problem?

This is a problem when toe nails start to thinken and get very brittle and hard to cut and they just get worse and worse if you don't maintain them by going to a podiatrist who has the right equipment. Some people even get them taken off totally. Does anyone know if this is really a good thing? What is your opinion about this problem?

Ingrown toenails are nails that are growing through the side skin of the toe instead of over top of it as usual. This can lead to swelling of the side of the toe, pain, and possibly infection. However, this does not lead to thickening of the toe nails. Sometimes thickening of the toe nails is caused by a fungal infection of the nail, especially if the nail is discolored and flakes a bit. I know there are other reasons that toe nails can become really thick, but I'd sure rather deal with it with a podiatrist's help than ignore it.  (+ info)

What can i do about my ingrown toe nails?

I've had both my big toes ingrown for a very long time, If i even slightly hit my toe on something or put to much pressure on it, it puts me into tears. I've tried my best to keep them cut properly but they are still always red and slightly swollen on occasion. Anything i can do?

you NEED to go see a podiatrist. because if you've had them for a long time they are most likely infected which will only get worse.
basically your toenail is a curved edge which separates it from the skin. when there's a trauma to the foot such as someone stepping on it, that curved edge breaks the skin, causing the ingrown. leaving it allows bacteria to get it, which is why its probably swollen and so painful.
what the doctor will do is cut the nail and remove the ingrown part from your skin. you will get novocaine, don't worry. it's painful, but it's worth it. you'll be pain free in about a day.  (+ info)

How to get ingrown nails on your finger!?

Well, I need help. This ingrown nail has been killing me and I don't know what to do about it. I tried dipping in alcohol, nothing. I tried to get all the liquids out. They just keep coming! Is there any resolution to this pain?

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How can I prevent ingrown nails?

Both my toenails and fingernails have a big tendency to grow in. I cut them every week, and even THAT isn't enough! It really hurts, and I don't want to spend a lot of money going some place or to a doctor. Is there some cream or technique that isn't as painful that I can use to prevent my nails from growing in?

Cutting your nails a lot is almost certainly making the situation worse. The main thing to do is cut the nails straight across, not in an upside-down "U" shape.

Do not cut them short, let them grow. When you cut them short you are creating the situation that causes them to grow into the cuticle.

It will probably take a while for them to grow long enough to get relief from this, and in the meantime it will hurt. But with patience you can fix the problem. If you resolve it and it comes back, be sure to return to the straight-across cutting method.  (+ info)

How do you stop infections from ingrown toe nails?

Applying antibiotic creams for a few days usually will get rid of it, but it keeps recurring. How do you stop it from recurring?

Hi freedom...no fun to have problems like this...I have found a listing of sites for you. Consider my suggestion to see a Podiatrist. Also here is some of the info I found on a site regarding general health care for the feet. One site lists places in the world to find those who practise...see Canada!

Ingrown Toenails Overview
Ingrown Toenail Causes
Ingrown Toenail Symptoms
When to Seek Medical Care
Exams and Tests
Ingrown Toenails Treatment
Self-Care at Home
Medical Treatment
Next Steps
Synonyms and Keywords
Authors and Editors
Pictures of Foot Problems - Slideshow  (+ info)

What does a operation to treat ingrown toe nails consist of?

What does the doctor do? I heard they stick a needle from the end of your toe all the way to your cuticle?

I had one done a few years ago, and honestly I had to ask if that was it because it didn't hurt. They put a rubber band around your toe (like they do on your arm when you get a shot). They put an antiseptic stuff on it. The shot. Then they cut the side of the nail that's ingrown.The procedure takes no more than 5 minutes. Then you go home with a big wrap around your toes. It's after when it hurts a bit. You have to soak it in salt water and clean it, but not as bad as I thought it would be.  (+ info)

What is the best way to remove ingrown toe nails and finger nails? How can I prevent getting them?

Cut them as short as you can.
& Yes those pictures are nasty.  (+ info)

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