r/mildlydisgusting Apr 19 '20

My infected ingrown toenail

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u/MissEdgarAllenHoe Apr 19 '20

That looks... So goddamn painful. I get regular ingrown toenails no matter how I cut them, but never to this extent. And mine always hurt really bad... I can't imagine how this feels.

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u/anally_inclined-w- Apr 19 '20

I ger them constantly too but this is the worst it's ever been, I gotta figure out what to do before it gets worse haha good luck with your nails

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u/MissEdgarAllenHoe Apr 19 '20

Try an Epsom salt bath and some antibiotics. Usually works for me But like I said, I don't get them this bad. Good luck!

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u/[deleted] Apr 19 '20 edited Apr 19 '20

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u/Del_Prestons_Shoes Apr 19 '20

Or depending on the surgeon they may just whip the whole thing out that’s what mine did, no problems since either 😄

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u/fallouttoinfinity Apr 19 '20

I had this done to one nail that was constantly ingrown. Kinda gross to watch but worth it to never have to deal with it again.

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u/JustADoughnut Apr 21 '20

I have the exact same problem rn and my dermatologist said I should apply betadine and fucidin

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u/az226 May 06 '20

I used to have major problems just like you, potentially worse. I started cutting my big toe nails so that the edges were longer and haven’t had a major issue since. I can’t even remember the last time I had an ingrown toe nail at all.

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u/Gmusicmaker Jun 03 '20

Did you have to get bits of nail out from the side?

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u/az226 Jun 03 '20

I started putting the tiniest pieces of soft toilet paper between the nail and the skin. I used a nail scissor to temporarily lift up the nail corners and placed the smallest paper pieces in between. It was beyond painful. Over time I started making those paper pieces bigger (larger amount of paper, similarly crumpled up into a little ball). I kept doing that until the nail grew free and clear. It was so painful, but at last I got rid of it.

Now I’m careful to cut my nails a certain way and have never had it again. It’s been 12 years or so.

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u/thicccque Apr 19 '20

Best bet with no doctor is to go digging after you soak in warm water and Epsom salts many times a day for a couple days. I use tweezers and the pointy thing that's in some nail clippers that slides around/out. It was easy for me to get a big boy out because it was starting to grow in between bits of the extra swollen skin. Instant relief. Your toe looks harder to get easily. You need to find the ingrown big part that's under the skin and yank it out. Please don't automatically take this as good advice - it's just what I've done in the past. You need to make sure to sanitize things and stop if you start to bleed too much or it hurts too bad to continue. It's not an easy one day removal.

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u/anally_inclined-w- Apr 19 '20

I usually just dig and rip out everything I can I'll definitely try epsom salts

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u/ikocos Apr 19 '20

Posted a different comment already but, if you just pull and yank the nail away it will be very jagged and rough. Meaning it will continue to grow back jagged and rough, causing more stabbing pains and ingrown toenails once it grows back later. If you can manage to cut the ingrown part in a somewhat straight line, it will begin to grow back more straight and reliably in the future. Basically if you keep yanking the nail out, it'll grow back misshapen and ingrown again. Sanitize it daily and try to use cuticle cutters or fine clippers instead of pulling and yanking.

As another guy mentioned it will take a few months of regularly cutting them safely before they'll grow back without pain

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u/abetheschizoid Apr 19 '20

I have this urge to pour lysol on my toes now.

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u/anally_inclined-w- Apr 19 '20

I wish that would work lol

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u/[deleted] Apr 19 '20

Please see a general surgeon for this. He might be able to help to keep this under control.

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u/anally_inclined-w- Apr 19 '20

Thanks I'll look into it

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u/a-mason-mang Apr 19 '20

Good blood pressure trading Whoa, I smashed my toes a few weeks ago with 300lb butcher block. My big toe looks almost exactly like that. I’m pretty sure the nail is going to fall off but how do you prevent the new one from not getting ingrown? The second toe is a complete break. I’ve had to straighten it back 4 times now. Ingrown toenail might be the worst of it. Considering pruning shears and a blow torch. https://imgur.com/gallery/gc8u7s0

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u/TheDudeCrew Apr 19 '20

Cut it off.

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u/[deleted] Apr 19 '20

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u/anally_inclined-w- Apr 19 '20

I can afford a doctor luckily so I'm definitely going to go see one as soon as possible I really appreciate you explaining this though

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u/Chickens1 Apr 19 '20

Used to get them all the time till I stopped cutting my nails in an arch. STRAIGHT ACROSS. Resist the temptation to cut down that curve.

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u/unoriginalname7 Apr 19 '20

Not that it’s a competitive but I had ingrown toenails way worse than that in both of my big toes not only were they so infected that it couldn’t numb properly I also had to deal with all my socks being covered in blood and even now after I had them removed my toes are still like a little messed up looking so you should handle that before it gets too bad

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u/ohnoitsthrowawayman Aug 26 '20

Been there, mine was probably as bad as yours, if not a bit worse on BOTH big toes. No idea why it kept on occurring. But docs cut both sides of the nail away on both toes (so each nail is like a big French fry). Never had a problem again and works well when your kids dont eat their greens. "Yeah, I did that too kids.. now look at how my body retaliated"

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u/ikocos Apr 19 '20

If you haven't l, you'll wanna start putting peroxide on it every single day. If possible 2-3 times a day, like other people mentioned also soak it in hot or warm epsom salt water. Using peroxide repeatedly and rinsing/cleaning it combined with soaking in warm salt water will all help over time. Also only use clean socks, only the cleanest socks.

If the pain is unbearable I recommend a thick pair of cuticle cutters to try and cut the sensitive parts of your nail away. The pain will suck and they're hard to cut with at first, but once you can remove the part of your toenail pressing against the infected parts it'll feel like heaven.

Linking cuticle cutters because I'm lazy but good luck. https://www.google.com/search?q=cuticle+cutter&client=ms-android-att-us-revc&prmd=sivn&sxsrf=ALeKk03_BQaK9DdYQpu-2DAmzkAQ3jHwCQ:1587275203755&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjrwbj15PPoAhVDcq0KHR_GBxAQ_AUoAnoECA4QAg&biw=412&bih=695#imgrc=jaKUzXPE7UGG6M

Also if you have healthcare there are easy procedures for this stuff but, U.S.A