Dr. Sumit Sethi
Dermatologist, Ingrown Toenail,
An ingrown toenail is a painful condition where the nail grows into the toe.
- Soak affected toe in warm water 3 – 4 times a day– this softens the skin around the toe and stops the nail growing into it.
- Keep the foot dry for rest of the day.
- Wear wide, comfortable shoes or open sandals
- Take NSAID’s to ease the pain
- Do not cut the toenail – leave it to grow out
- Do not pick at toenail
- Do not wear tight, pointy shoes
See a Dermatologist if:
- Treating at home isn’t helping
- Toe is painful and swollen with pus oozing out of it
- Temperature is high or you feel hot and shivery
- You are diabetic.
Treatments for an ingrown toenail
A Dermatologist can:
- Confirm diagnosis
- Give you antibiotics for infected toenail
- Cut away part of the nail
- Remove the whole nail.
Alocal anestheticis injectedto numb your toe when this is done.
How to prevent ingrown toenails
- Do not cut your toenails too short
- Cut straight across the nail, avoid the edges
- Do not wear shoes that are too tight or do not fit properly
Dr. Sumit Sethi
Dermatologist In Janakpuri, dermatologist in West Delhi, Ingrown Toenail, Ingrown Toenails Treatment in Janakpuri, Ingrown Toenails Treatment in West Delhi, Nail Avulsion,
An ingrown toenail is a common problem where the nail grows into the toe. Ingrown toenail usually affects the big toe.
- Soak the affected toe in warm water 3 to 4 times a day – this decreases the swelling of skin and prevents the nail growing into it.
- Wear wide, comfortable shoes or sandals.
- Do not cut the toenail – allow it to grow out.
- Do not wear tight, pointy shoes.
- Consult your dermatologist in case conservative (non-surgical) management fails.
- Nail Avulsion under local anesthesia followed by phenolisation of the lateral matrix horn can be performed by your dermatologist.
Post Surgical Care
- Bed rest for one day.
- Restricted activity for two weeks.
- Normal routine activity can be resumed from 3rd week.