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Antibiotics for Ingrown Toenails?

Quite often a patient will visit their doctor complaining of an ingrown toenail. If there is evident infection, prescription of antibiotics is a first line treatment. Regular soaking in saline solutions and application of a topical antibiotic or antiseptic is pretty standard.

But then what? The problem is that the symptoms of the problem have been addressed, but not the cause. If it is a true ingrown toenail, a piece of the nail has pierced the flesh and created a portal of entry for bacteria. Identifying the location of the spike and cutting it out will provide immediate relief for the patient. How that spike is cut out and the shape of the remaining nail, determines whether or not there will be a recurrence. How the patient regularly cuts their nails, the natural shape of the nails, the shape and fit of the shoes that they wear, the degree of moisture in the skin all serve to impact on the occurrence/recurrence of ingrown nails.

I can help you – with appropriate footwear advice, with cutting and shaping the nail so that you are not only comfortable, but protected as the nail grows forward to a full and normal length and width. If necessary, I can remove all or part of the nail temporarily or permanently in a way that maximizes comfort and minimizes healing times to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

If you have or suspect you have an ingrown toenail, don’t hesitate to call. The only thing you have to lose is pain!

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