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Comment from: A mom, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 20

I have been taking my son to a podiatrist every 6 to 9 months to trim his big toe nails. He has ingrown toenails. She said it is hereditary. There is nothing we can do to prevent it and every so often it will grow into his skin and hurt. I do keep his toes moisturized and nails trimmed, and buy shoes with a roomy toe box. He is now 9 and we started taking him at 5. He tells me when it hurts and I bring him in for a trim. I tell him to think of it as similar to going to the dentist. It is something he will always have to do twice a year his whole life to take care of himself.

Comment from: Bengall87, Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I had in growing nails on both big toes back in the mid-fifties. They were removed twice, and left to grow back. The third time they were removed, the nail bed on one toe was manipulated, and the flesh on the other toe was cut away on the side. This did work after a fashion. Over the years, the nails became deformed and with a fungal infection that has lasted for years. Yesterday, I have had my nails removed. I hope that I will now be able to ware open-toed sandals, or even flip flops without embarrassing nails.

Comment from: Bridie Pauline, 55-64 Female Published: March 11

I got great relief and after a few days full healing after making a v shape incision into the nail within one inch of the corner where the ingrown nail was hurting very much. I did not require seeing a specialist at all. Hope this helps someone else.

Comment from: Timtam, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

Go straight to the podiatrist. She removed the section of the nail giving me the trouble in 5 minutes.

Comment from: paininthetoe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I have had ingrown toenails for all my life. Finally at age 36 I had surgery to have the entire nail bed on each big toe removed. Now here is the worst part for about three years I had no problems because I had no toenails. After that they grew back on both big toes. I now have the big toenails back and they are as ingrown as before! Painful is not even the proper word for how it feels. I am now 50 and thinking about looking for another podiatrist to see!

Comment from: desperate me, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

My son has been having problems with ingrown toenails for years now. It had been surgically removed about several times because of recurrence.

Comment from: nowpainfree, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I have been battling with an ingrown toenail for about six months. I did the soaks and multiple rounds of antibiotics. I recently went to the podiatrist, and he cut the ingrown sides of the toenail out. The numbing medication did hurt, but in the end it was worth it. I recommend going to the podiatrist and letting them take care of the toenail. Messing with the toenail can make it grow deeper and increases your chance of infection.

Comment from: CariC, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I was only 15 when I got my first ingrown toenail and after weeks of suffering I went to the local doctor and had them surgically removed from both big toes. Now two years later I am having the same problem but on the other side of the toe. But I recommend surgery to remove them so that they don't come back. There was little pain and it was easy to clean and take care of them and I was walking fine the next day.

Comment from: Steph, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I injured my toe at work about nine months ago, and my whole nail was ripped off pretty much. The new one that grew back was looking rather normal. However, within the last months, I've been feeling pain in the outer corner of my tow and I fear that I'm starting to have an ingrown toenail. Any suggestions are appreciated, and I wonder how painful it is to go to a doctor to have this taken care of.

Published: April 05

In the past, my sister had ingrown toenails, partially due to pointed-toe shoes, but she was told to clip a small "v" in the growth of the nail. This was to relieve pressure at the irritated corner & allow the nail to grow back normally. It worked for my father, as well, as he was a Type 1 diabetic.


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