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How Do I Get Rid of My Ingrown Toenail?

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Will an Ingrown Toenail Heal Itself?

In some cases, an ingrown toenail will grow out and heal on its own. That’s not always the case since an ingrown toenails left untreated can lead to complications.

Does Vicks Help Heal an Ingrown Toenail?

Vicks VapoRub can help ease the pain of an ingrown toenail since it contains menthol and camphor, which are topical analgesics. It may also soften the nail if you’re trying to clip it.

How Do I Keep My Ingrown Toenail from Coming Back?

The following steps can help your ingrown toenail from recurring:

  • Trim your toenails straight across.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Wear roomy, properly fitting shoes.

What is the Best Thing to Do for an Ingrown Toenail?

You can try home remedies for 2 to 3 days, but if your toenail doesn’t improve, you should see a doctor.

The following steps are good ways to provide home care:

  • Soak your feet in warm water several times daily.
  • Wear sandals.
  • Apply antibacterial ointment.
  • Trim your ingrown toenail straight across the top.

How Does an Ingrown Toenail Affect Your Health?

An ingrown toenail can cause serious complications, especially if you have diabetes. If it’s left untreated, it can become infected and cause open sores and a loss of blood flow to the site of the infection. You may experience tissue decay especially if you have diabetes.

How Long Does It Take an Ingrown Toenail to Heal?

If you treat an ingrown toenail at home, it may heal in 2 to 3 days if it doesn’t become infected. However, your ingrown toenail may require more extensive treatment such as antibiotics or surgery, in which case could take longer.

Will an Infected Toe Heal Itself?

An infection can sometimes go away on its own, but it may need treatment. If you have diabetes, and redness and swelling don’t go away or have painful joints or muscles, you should see your doctor.

What Happens if You Don’t Treat an Ingrown Toenail?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can cause infection in the bone of your toe.

How Do You Treat an Infected Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail can be treated at home for a few days, but if this isn’t successful, a doctor should be seen. They may place gauze soaked with an antibiotic under the nail, and the nail may be trimmed, or part of it may need to be cut off. If you have a serious infection or ingrown nail or one that persists, your doctor may perform surgery.

If you have an ingrown toenail, make an appointment today with Skin Center of South Miami. Our doctors can help provide treatment to relieve your pain and help avoid further complications.


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