Ingrown toenail

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    Jul 27, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    The shit hurts!!!! It's jacking up my training and it hurts to workout. I ended up punting the couch with no shoes on, the rest is ooze and history. Does anyone have any tricks or recommendations to help me get past this hurdle.
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    Jul 27, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    Worse than my shattered kneecap after a fall that kept me down for a few weeks and worse than the heart surgery that also kept me in bed for weeks was the pain of an ingrown toenail. It is by far the worst pain I have every felt, but since is actually not that serious of an ailment everyone thinks you are exaggerating. Both of my large toes during my teenage years and into my early twenties frequently became ingrown and so finally I just had minor surgery to make it so the nail would not grow in any longer on the sides that became ingrown.
  • tautomer

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    Jul 27, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    Well, I have had an ingrown toenail before that required a rather extensive round of antibiotics. That's because I ignored it and just hoped it (the infection) would just go away. It had to be sergically removed which was no fun. Luckily I've only had it happen 2x in my life and I am mindful so it doesn't happen again.

    I would go the doctor honestly. It's not something that will usually just resolve itself. Do NOT try to remove it yourself either (that's why it got infected the first time).
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    Jul 27, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    I have not had this ailment. Someone did tell me, help when you do get it. use a nail file, and file the top of the toenail. It will cause the nail to grow upwards, towards the part of the nail that is being filed. Good luck !!
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    Jul 27, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    Both of my big toes had ingrown nails at the same time when I was 15. I ignored them thinking they would just grow out but then they got infected and would ooze blood and pus everytime I walked. Like the previous guys have already said, I got some minor, painless surgery on them to fix the toenails and prevent further complications. It's your best bet for fixing the problem.
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    Jul 27, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    I saw the same podiatrist for mine. Had them within several months of each other, always my big toe. Soaked foot in betadine solution and had gauze covering the nail after each instance. The most painful part was the digging in the corner of my nail and the doc cutting my cuticle. I did get a shot of novacane in my toe that made it a little more bearable.
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    Jul 27, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    lol
  • LJay

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    Jul 27, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    Call your regular doctor and ask for a referall to a podiatrist.
    Get it fixed right. Be sure to ask how to prevent future problems.

    On the one hand it is not that big a deal and on the other hand it can get ery serious. Getting it taken care of well is worth it.
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    Jul 27, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    I'm about to make your life a lot less painful.....

    This is so simple but this is what my foot doctor recommended. Soak your foot in Epson Salts as hot as you can stand it several times a day (or as often as you can.) Just get a container a little larger than your foot and soak your foot in it while you're watching TV or whatever. This really works!
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    Jul 27, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI'm about to make your life a lot less painful.....

    This is so simple but this is what my foot doctor recommended. Soak your foot in Epson Salts as hot as you can stand it several times a day (or as often as you can.) Just get a container a little larger than your foot and soak your foot in it while you're watching TV or whatever. This really works!

    +1 The Epsom Salt soaking really does help!
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    Jul 27, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    I was expecting some nasty ass picture like:
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  • EricLA

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    Jul 27, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    Clean it with Hydrogen Peroxide. It will sting like Hell if the skin is broken. But let it do it's work, bubbling up and disinfecting. Then using a clean tissue or q-tip, soak up the excess. Then apply some Neosporin. Keep it bandaged (using some gauze and medical tape might be easier and more comfortable than a bandaid, and you can use extra gauze for extra padding, too).
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    Jul 27, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    I recommend ignoring all advice espousing home remedy crap. If you are prone to ingrown toenails, you will eventually need them taken care of by a professional. If you love pain that keeps getting worse and worse until it's the most horrific thing you've ever experienced in your life, then keep trying "tricks."

    See a podiatrist now and put an end to it.

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    Jul 27, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    I had one that got so painful that I just ripped out the cuticle from the side it was ingrown myself. The pain from doing that was less than living with it. I let it grow back out without cutting it for a few months and I dont have a problem with it anymore. The more you try to cut from the side that is ingrown though, the worse it will get.
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    Jul 27, 2011 6:26 AM GMT
    iguanaSFI recommend ignoring all advice espousing home remedy crap. If you are prone to ingrown toenails, you will eventually need them taken care of by a professional. If you love pain that keeps getting worse and worse until its the most horrific thing you've ever experienced in your life, then keep trying "tricks."

    See a podiatrist now and put an end to it.


    As someone who tried a few different 'home-care' solutions (most given by either a nurse or a walk in clinic doctor) I whole heatedly agree! Sometimes your family Dr can simply remove a small portion on the nail (the site of the problem and a bit extra) back to the cuticle resolving the issue (it will grow back) if caught at the beginning, but if you go too long you will be spending that extra week or more waiting to see the podiatrist... that's when things can get even less enjoyable... Either way sooner is better cause the longer it goes the longer the healing process will take... and trust me you want the faster healing to make it less likely you will get a second one while recovering from the first one.
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    Jul 27, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    I had two ingrown toe nails in high school. I didn't have a doctor so I tried fixing it myself. I remember it got so infected I was embarrassed to bring it up to my parents cause i let it get that bad. I tried most of those remedies mentioned here and it still lasted for months. I hated P.E. even more when i ran a mile with ingrown toenails. I thought it was going to get gangrene and lose my foot, but then it got better, and you cant tell anymore.

    My advice is not to try fixing it yourself but to actually go to a doctor because it can get really bad, even while trying to disinfect it. After that experience i tend to go to the doctor now for any minor thing.
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    Jul 27, 2011 6:59 AM GMT
    I feel a little better now after reading everyone's posts. I was feeling pretty low complaining about this ingrown toenail. I'm def gonna take everyone's advice and just call a doc. For a while I thought about manning up and digging it out but the idea of tormenting myself isn't sitting too well. Hopefully I can get back to training sooner than later.

    Thanks
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    Jul 27, 2011 10:22 AM GMT
    If you have insurance go to an ER or urgent care to get it taken care of.

    If not, get some scissors and cut it out. Then put some Bacitracin on it.
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    Jul 27, 2011 2:26 PM GMT
    EricLA saidClean it with Hydrogen Peroxide. It will sting like Hell if the skin is broken. But let it do it's work, bubbling up and disinfecting. Then using a clean tissue or q-tip, soak up the excess. Then apply some Neosporin. Keep it bandaged (using some gauze and medical tape might be easier and more comfortable than a bandaid, and you can use extra gauze for extra padding, too).



    Hydrogen peroxide is something doctors used to recommend, but they do not recommend it anymore as it kills beneficial bacteria too. They now suggest a mild soap and water solution or just a good water flushing by itself as the body produces it's own antiseptics.
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    Jul 28, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    I had it when I was really young. I was cutting my nail too close but leaving out the most lateral part of the nail which then grew into the flesh.
    My dad caught it early (when he saw me limping) and did this to cure it (and I suggest everybody try this first before surgery):

    clean off whatever pus is visible
    tear off the gauze from a q-tip
    using the blunt end of the q-tip, insert the gauze slowly underneath the flesh next to the nail (it really hurts but believe me)
    Repeat the above every 12 hours
    Wear sandals and no socks

    Within a week, enough of the nail would have grown back out (instead of inward).

    Never again will I cut my toenail that close.
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    Jul 28, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    AnotherKevin saidI feel a little better now after reading everyone's posts. I was feeling pretty low complaining about this ingrown toenail. I'm def gonna take everyone's advice and just call a doc. For a while I thought about manning up and digging it out but the idea of tormenting myself isn't sitting too well. Hopefully I can get back to training sooner than later.

    Thanks


    Please please please call a Podiatrist.

    I'll say that again. CALL A PODIATRIST.

    Not just a "doc."

    A GP will butcher you.

    Again, I speak from experience.

    ...Utterly unimaginably painful butchery-type experience.

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    Aug 24, 2011 9:35 AM GMT
    iguanaSF said
    Please please please call a Podiatrist.

    I'll say that again. CALL A PODIATRIST.

    Not just a "doc."

    A GP will butcher you.

    Again, I speak from experience.

    ...Utterly unimaginably painful butchery-type experience.



    Okay, now you're scaring me icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    when I was around 14 I had one that got infected. my mother took me to a regular dr and the whole toe nail was removed. I hated how it grew back. It grew back very thick and the color doesn't match the color of my other nails. ive seen it happen to other people as well.
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    AnotherKevin said Does anyone have any tricks or recommendations to help me get past this hurdle.
    Two months.
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    May 19, 2014 5:29 PM GMT
    fucking painful i had both sides of both big toes