An ingrown nail can be very painful and complicated if it involves infection. Ingrown nails can and do occur at all ages; however, a high percentage of patients suffering from ingrown nails are adolescents. Fortunately, most people seem to grow out of recurrent ingrown nails. Some people suffer from reoccurring ingrown nails through adulthood.
When ingrown nails present with pain, but no swelling, redness or discharge, a simple nail procedure can be performed using only topical anesthesia. However, when swelling, redness and or discharge do occur, a more involved procedure must be done. This involves a simple injection in the toe so that no further pain can be felt during the procedure. At this point either the entire nail or just part of the nail can be excised.
For those patients who have never had an ingrown nail before we perform the procedure so that the nail will grow back. For those who have had reoccurring ingrown nails in the same area, we often perform an extra procedure to help prevent the nail borders from every growing back. If signs of infection were present at the time of the procedure, oral antibiotics are given.
If you are suffering from an ingrown nail, our office can help you heal as quickly and painlessly as possible. Contact our office at 865.524.1234 for more information.
-Written by Bradley Gipson, DPM