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Treatment: Removal of an Ingrown Toenail

Minor surgery may be needed for an ingrown toenail. Your toe will be anaesthetized and cleaned with antiseptic, and a tourniquet will be applied to its base. The nail, or part of it, will be removed, and phenol will be applied to the exposed nail bed to kill it and prevent regrowth. You should be comfortable enough to walk within 24 hours of surgery, and the wound should heal within a week.

The operation

A vertical cut is made along the toenail. The ingrown part is removed and the nail bed treated to prevent regrowth.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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