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Recurring ingrown toenail? Lock Rss

In March 2008 I whacked the inside of my big toe on Maddi's car capsule. It really hurt and kept hurting for the following months but I didn't really think much of it until it suddenly swelled and got infected. Went on antibiotics (for several months) before the doctor would cut it out in September. A few months later when it starts growing back it grows back ingrown, went to the doctor and he kept putting me on the same antibiotics so I went to a different doctor who said he wouldn't touch it until the infection has cleared some more (also said if I was diabetic I would have lost it by now). He took a swab, put me on more ab's, gave me an injection and I finally had it cut (by the same doctor that did it the first time) a few months ago. I can't remember when exactly. But it's horrible and I am never having it done again!

He made a really mess of my toe. Because it had been ingrown for so long while trying to manage the infection it put pressure on the other side, which also became ingrown so he had to cut both sides. On the left side of my nail he cut part of it which he didn't remove so it's growing weird and a couple of weeks ago it became extremely swollen overnight (had been fine and painless till then). I went on ab's and it's not swollen now and the puss is gone from one side but the left side of my nail is so painful and it's got a little swollen lump which was there when it was ingrown before. It hurts and it's really and I'm still on ab's but it's oozing a little. I have a doctors appt on Tuesday (at a different doctor who's meant to be very good!).

I feel so defeated, I've had an ingrown or infected toe for over 2yrs now. I'm so fed up with it and so scared of having it cut again. It just grows back ingrown again and I just wanna cry and wish it to go away. Has anyone had issues with it recurring? How did you finally fix it?

I had a toe do that I had a massive infection 3 times in a row with it. I got a knife (little pearing knife) got a match and burnt the end. than poured detol on my toe and knife. Then I got the end of the knife near my toe and counted to 10 and pushed my nail up. Just enough to release the pressure. NOW THE PAIN was like hell and I did scream but you know what I never had it again. for the first 2 days I could barely walk on it. I put detol on it everyday to try and get rid of the infection.
OH and HUGE hugs. I can still remember the pain.

I had a toe do that I had a massive infection 3 times in a row with it. I got a knife (little pearing knife) got a match and burnt the end. than poured detol on my toe and knife. Then I got the end of the knife near my toe and counted to 10 and pushed my nail up. Just enough to release the pressure. NOW THE PAIN was like hell and I did scream but you know what I never had it again. for the first 2 days I could barely walk on it. I put detol on it everyday to try and get rid of the infection.


Lol thanks for the advice but I can tell you now that I'll never be game enough to do that! My BIL has offered to fix it, it involves a lot of pain and methylated spirits.. My idea is more going to the hospital and being under a general and when I wake up it's fixed permanently.. Lol!!

hehehehehehhehe. do they offer general.lol

hehehehehehhehe. do they offer general.lol


God I hope so! The last time I had it cut my gp said he could refer me to the hospital as an outpatient but he said I'd be waiting about 3 months and I was in too much pain to wait that long. Now I'm wondering if they offer that to me if I can get in sooner, I'm getting married in just under 4 months and I'm worried I'd have to limp on my wedding day.. haha!


God I hope so! The last time I had it cut my gp said he could refer me to the hospital as an outpatient but he said I'd be waiting about 3 months and I was in too much pain to wait that long. Now I'm wondering if they offer that to me if I can get in sooner, I'm getting married in just under 4 months and I'm worried I'd have to limp on my wedding day.. haha!



thats an emergency.lol
Years ago I dropped a heavy door on both my big toes and both nails dropped off. They both grew back ingrown (both sides on left big toe & right side on right big toe) I used tweezers every few weeks to pick out the ingrown part for about 8 years. There used to always be so much puss & so much pain. I finally paid for a specialist to remove them (think it cost about $300) He cut out the ingrown parts and poured acid down onto that part of the nail bed to stop the nail from growing back. That was about 4 years ago, there is a small part that grows back on the left side of my left toe but if i use tweezers and pull it out about once each month there is no pain.
Good luck getting it sorted, ingrown nails are really ridiculously painful.

Katie where I work we do them occasionally under General Anaesthetic. A general surgeon does them. I would try and get a refferal for one.... unless you have private cover you might have a bit of a wait.

Its much easier with a general as they can get right down into it and scrape all the crap away!


We did one at work the other day with a girl who had recurring ones that the GP had kept fixing under local. The surgeon was quite confident she wouldnt be back after he fixed it! but thats surgeon arrogance for you lol


Goodluck!

hi katie

my DH had a recurring ingrown toenail and in the end he had a whole heap of little local anesthetics around his toe and then they removed half of his big toe nail and had the nail bed quarterised (sp?) so that the nail would never grow back. that was well over a year ago and its never grown back and although its not the most attractive thing to look at, he is pain free and apparently it should never bother him again.
cutting the nail off/out will not stop it permanently. you need to quarterise the nail bed. good luck!

Katie where I work we do them occasionally under General Anaesthetic. A general surgeon does them. I would try and get a refferal for one.... unless you have private cover you might have a bit of a wait.

Its much easier with a general as they can get right down into it and scrape all the crap away!


We did one at work the other day with a girl who had recurring ones that the GP had kept fixing under local. The surgeon was quite confident she wouldnt be back after he fixed it! but thats surgeon arrogance for you lol


Goodluck!


That's great news that they do it under general. My sister told me someone she worked with had a problem with his toenail and he got this plastic thing put in along the edge of his nail to stop it ingrowing and that worked, have you ever heard of that? I think I'll just ask for a referral on Tuesday then!

Thanks Emma, wish the doctor had done that for me the first time 2 years ago lol! But he just cut the nail out.

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