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Health Tip: Don't Ignore Ingrown Toenail

Health Tip: Don't Ignore Ingrown Toenail

02/10/11

(HealthDay News) -- If you have a toenail that's expanded beneath the skin, no doubt it's become sore and painful and needs attention.

If you have poor circulation or diabetes, seek prompt medical treatment. But even if you don't have these medical problems, don't ignore an ingrown toenail.

The ADAM Encyclopedia offers these home-treatment suggestions:

  • Soak the toe in warm water three to four times each day.
  • When you're not soaking, keep your feet dry.
  • Carefully massage the area that's inflamed.
  • Slide a piece of dental floss or cotton, soaked with a little antiseptic or water, underneath the nail.
  • Consider using over-the-counter treatments, but know that they're for pain only -- they won't treat the ingrown toenail itself.
  • Wear open-toed shoes or sandals until the condition improves.
  • If the condition worsens or doesn't improve, see a doctor before infection sets in.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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