Ingrown Toenails (cont.)
What Follow-up Is Necessary After Surgery for an Ingrown Toenail?
- Keep the dressing that the doctor applied on for two days.
- On the second day, remove the dressing and wash with soap and water. Then apply triple antibiotic ointment (This is available at the drugstore.) and put on new gauze. Repeat this procedure twice a day until the wound has healed.
- The doctor may want to recheck the wound in three to five days.
- Take any antibiotics, if prescribed, as directed.
- Keep the wound clean and dry. Follow any specific wound care instructions given by the doctor.
- For the first three days, keep the foot propped up above the level of the heart as much as possible. This will aid in pain control.
- If the doctor prescribed pain medicine, then take it as directed. Otherwise, acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Motrin) may be used for pain control if there are no allergies to this medication.
- Depending on the procedure performed, one can expect to be back on his or her feet in two days to two weeks, although it may take longer to return to athletic activity.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/22/2016
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