It is important NOT to try to treat an ingrown toenail by yourself! This condition, although not life-threatening, is still something that will need professional medical attention. If you notice the start of what looks like an ingrown toenail, make sure to re-think your footwear. Shoes that are too tight will only cause more trouble and pain. To relieve some of the discomfort, your doctor may tell you to use ibuprofen.
When an ingrown toenail causes pain, a procedure may be necessary in order to remove part or all of the nail. For severe cases, it may be necessary to eliminate some of the underlying skin from the nail bed. This will prevent the nail from returning and becoming ingrown again.
Dr. Evan Merrill will assess your situation and advise you on the best possible course of action for the treatment of your ingrown toenail. Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable! Make an appointment today.