Treatment for ingrown Toenail:
The options in the treatment for ingrown toenail are enlisted and explained in detail.
The use of medication is often recommended when home remedies are not sufficient to manage the
pain and discomfort associated with ingrown toenail.
Over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen can be helpful in
managing the pain and discomfort associated with ingrown toenail. These medications can help to
reduce swelling, inflammation and tenderness of the affected toe.
In cases where an infection has occurred due to an ingrown toenail, antibiotics can be prescribed by a
doctor to treat the infection. Oral antibiotics are typically recommended, but topical antibiotics may be
used in some cases.
II: Home Remedies
One of the best ways to treat an ingrown toenail is through the use of home remedies. These remedies
are simple and non-invasive, making them an ideal choice for many sufferers. Common home
remedies include soaking the foot in warm water, keeping the toenails trimmed, applying topical
medications and wearing wide shoes to reduce pressure. If a home remedy does not provide relief,
more invasive methods of treatment may be necessary.
III. Partial Nail Excision
Partial nail excision is a more invasive form of treatment which involves the removal of part of the
toenail. During the procedure, a small portion of the toenail is removed, along with any tissue which has
become entrapped beneath the nail. This procedure may help reduce pressure and allow the nail to
grow back without becoming ingrown again.
IV: Complete Nail Excision
Complete nail excision is a last resort and sometimes an alternate to partial nail excision and involves
the removal of the entire toenail. The entire nail is removed, along with any tissue which has become
entrapped beneath the nail. This procedure is much more invasive than partial nail excision, but may
provide more permanent relief for many sufferers.
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V: Nail Fold Excision
Nail fold excision is an extremely rare procedure that entails the removal of part of the nail and the
surrounding skin. This procedure is reserved only for the most severe cases, or patients who had their
nail removed multiple times but still, the nail grows inside the skin.
There are a variety of treatments available for ingrown toenail, ranging from home remedies to
medications to surgical procedures. Home remedies such as soaking the affected toe in warm water
and wearing comfortable shoes can help prevent further irritation of the toenail. If home remedies are
not sufficient in managing the pain and discomfort associated with the ingrown toenail, medications
such as painkillers and antibiotics may be prescribed. In cases where home remedies and medications
do not provide relief, surgery can be done to remove the affected nail and surrounding tissue to
provide relief from pain and discomfort.