Pesky, painful, ingrown toenails. Whether you have dealt with them for many years of just now for the first time are feeling that pain, there are a few things to know when it comes to management.  There are a few technical terms to cover...

1) Onychocryptosis - this describes simply a nail which curves into the skin.

2) Paronychia - this term refers to an ingrown nail that has become swollen and possibly even has developed a reaction of the adjacent skin that you'd be surprised isn't always infected.

3) Infected ingrown or Paronychia with abscess - this describes an ingrown nail which as become infected.

A recent over the counter treatment has been getting my attention lately, as a few patients have come in relating that they have tried this treatment (obviously without adequate relief). Dr. Scholl's ingrown toenail pain reliever states that the gel within the packaging will soften the ingrown nail for 'easy trimming.' The active ingredient in this is Sodium sulfide gel.  This is not an anesthetic or numbing agent. 

While this treatment may prove effective for mildly painful, slightly ingrown toenails - it should be used as directed.  If redness presents or worsens or if there is any underlying drainage, redness from the nail - it is best to leave it to the professionals. 

If your ingrown toenail is bothering you on a daily basis or draining, bleeding or red, call our office at 630-834-3668! We take ingrown nails seriously and can often schedule you within 24 hours.


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