When should you get an ingrown toenail checked out?
Call your doctor if your toe is red, warm, swollen, or drains pus, or if there are red streaks leading from your toe. Your doctor might give you antibiotics. If your toenail is very ingrown, your doctor might suggest minor surgery to remove all or part of the ingrown nail. He or she may refer you to a podiatrist.
Can urgent care take off a toenail?
If your ingrown toenail is infected or does not improve with home treatment, you should visit a health care provider. At Physicians Immediate Care, this condition can be treated through a partial ingrown toenail removal, done by a surgical procedure called a wedge resection.
When should I go to the doctor for an infected ingrown toenail?
When to go to the doctor for an ingrown toenail
It’s time to visit our practice if your ingrown toenail pain doesn’t resolve in a few days, keeps coming back, or starts to show signs of infection. Pick up the phone and call us if you become concerned about: Redness and heat in the toe. Swelling and pain.
What happens if an ingrown toenail is left untreated?
When left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to infection. This can lead to worsening pain and even fever. In some cases, an untreated ingrown toenail can spread the infection to the bone beneath the nail.
How much does it cost to remove a toenail?
On MDsave, the cost of an Ingrown Toenail Removal (in office) ranges from $233 to $269. Those on high deductible health plans or without insurance can save when they buy their procedure upfront through MDsave.
What will urgent care do for an infected ingrown toenail?
There are options for at-home treatments of infected ingrown toenails, including soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salt and using antibiotic ointment. However, if you notice your toe is red, swollen and has pus coming out of it, you should seek medical attention at your local urgent care as soon as possible.
Where do I go to get an ingrown toenail removed?
Your doctor, orthopedic surgeon, or podiatrist (a foot doctor) can treat an ingrown nail with a minor procedure, or in certain cases with surgery. This typically involves numbing the toe or foot with an injection. The skin on top of the ingrown nail may be removed with a scalpel.
Should I go to the ER for an ingrown toenail?
SEE A DOCTOR: If you have any worrisome symptoms like unbearable pain, unusual swelling, pus, odor, or warmth in the affected toe and its surrounding area, have a doctor take a look. An emergency room can remove ingrown toenails if necessary.
Can you treat an infected ingrown toenail at home?
Ingrown toenail infections can often be treated at home if you’re able to get under the part of the nail that’s digging into your skin. Don’t yank or pull on your nail. You may be able to lift the skin gently with a piece of dental floss, but don’t force it, and make sure your hands are clean when you try.
How do you know if you need surgery for an ingrown toenail?
Surgery may be needed if the ingrown portion of the nail is firmly embedded in your skin or you have developed an infection. Signs of infection include swelling, pus, warmth and redness in your toe. During surgery, your podiatrist removes the strip of toenail that is causing the problem.