Yes!!! An ingrown toenail on the gold coast can be fixed on the same day as your consultation with Dr KIM. There is no waiting time, and no re-booking for the procedure – walk in with an ingrown toenail and walk out without one!

When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This digging in of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling and warmth in the toe.

If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by drainage and a foul odour. However, even if the toe is not painful, red, swollen or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection.

CAUSES

Causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Heredity. In many people, the tendency for ingrown toenails is inherited.
  • Trauma. Sometimes an ingrown toenail is the result of trauma, such as stubbing your toe, having an object fall on your toe or engaging in activities that involve repeated pressure on the toes, such as kicking or running.
  • Improper trimming. The most common cause of ingrown toenails is cutting your nails too short. This encourages the skin next to the nail to fold over the nail.
  • Improperly sized footwear. Ingrown toenails can result from wearing socks and shoes that are tight or short.
  • Nail conditions. Ingrown toenails can be caused by nail problems, such as fungal infections or losing a nail due to trauma.

TREATMENT

Under local anaesthetic, the side of the nail is removed and a chemical called phenol is applied to the germinal matrix to prevent regrowth. A simple sterile dressing is then applied which must be kept dry for 7 days. You will need to visit Dr Kim at 7 days following the procedure for a check-up

PEOPLE EXPERIENCE VERY LITTLE PAIN AFTER THE PROCEDURE AND MAY RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITY THE NEXT DAY. IF DR KIM HAS PRESCRIBED AN ORAL ANTIBIOTIC, BE SURE TO TAKE ALL THE MEDICATION, EVEN IF YOUR SYMPTOMS HAVE IMPROVED.

  • By – Dr Ji Soo Kim
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