Finding Relief from Ingrown Toenail Pain
We are going to look at why your toenail has become ingrown in a little bit, but you probably want to know how to relieve the pain one can cause and what can be done to fix an ingrown nail. Discomfort and inconvenience aren’t the only reason an ingrown toenail may need to be addressed, though.
In addition to pain, an ingrown toenail puts you at a higher risk for a potential infection. When the ingrown edge digs into the soft flesh flanking the nail, an opening is created that can enable microorganisms—including bacteria, fungus, and viruses—to enter the body. Infections caused by these tiny organisms are unwanted by otherwise healthy individuals, but they are particularly dangerous for those who have medical conditions that compromise the body’s immune system, like diabetes.
Permanent Nail Removal Services
Now, some cases do require more than conservative treatment. In these instances—and especially when a toenail repeatedly becomes ingrown—we might recommend removal of either a portion or the entire affected nail. When the entire toenail needs to be removed, it is often best practice to make this a permanent condition. This is typically done by using a chemical to destroy the nail matrix, which keeps the toenail from growing back.
It might sound as though removing a toenail will be painful, but this is not the case. Anesthesia will be used to numb the area prior to the procedure.