14 Jul When should I see a Doctor for my Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail can throw you into absolute agony. Obviously, you don’t want to let your ingrown toenail reach that stage. But you may want to know when should you see a doctor about your ingrown toenail.
The short answer to that is, right away when you notice it. Don’t wait.
Mild ingrown toenails usually worsen, if you don’t deal with them. As the toenail grows, it digs farther into and through the toe. As a result, your pain increases.
Your toe can become extremely sensitive. Just the pressure at the front of your shoe can sent you screaming in pain.
Eventually, the ingrown toenail may cut through the skin, creating a small wound. The wound may get infected and the infection can spread even up to the bone, creating the need for an amputation, in extreme cases.
Diabetes or neuropathy patients are especially at risk, since they can’t always feel the pain, and wounds take much longer to heal. So, they might not notice anything is even wrong till it’s too late.
On the other hand, if you seek early help, your podiatrist can treat the ingrown toenail easily. It isn’t painful or scary and you can easily handle the aftercare.
Your foot doctor will check for an infection. If you have an infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. They may perform a quick removal of the ingrown edge of the nail under local anesthetic. Once the procedure is finished, your toe is bandaged and you can go home with some aftercare instructions.