The Facts About Ingrown Toenail Surgery
Most often there are two reasons why someone might need toenail surgery, the first would be for an ingrown toenail, the other may be for cosmetic reasons. An ingrown toenail is usually caused by fungus, which leads to infections and an ingrown toenail. If the infection isn’t too bad, it can be treated with a topical antibiotic medication, and if the treatment is a success, there is no need for toenail surgery.
An ingrown toenail can be very uncomfortable, and in some instances the pain can be severe enough that even walking can be too painful. If the ingrown toenail is not treated, it can become inflamed and infection can set in. To quickly eliminate the problem and any chance for infection, many doctors will recommend toenail surgery.
There are several things that can cause an ingrown toenail; these include trimming the toenail too close to the skin, or wearing tight shoes. An injury to the toe may also cause an ingrown toenail to develop. In addition to these causes, you can also develop an ingrown toenail due to some medical conditions, plus people who are obese tend to have more problems with ingrown toenails. Once the toenail begins to grow into the flesh surrounding it, pain will result, as well as inflammation, and infection with drainage of fluid.
The most common group to develop ingrown toenails are people who are in their 20s and 30s, as well as teens. The reason for this is that these are the people that are most likely to wear shoes that are too tight, causing problems with the toenails.
There are three stages of the ingrown toenail; with the first stage of an ingrown toenail you may notice some redness and inflammation around the area where the nail is beginning to grow in. During the second stage the swelling and redness will be worse, as will the pain. There may be some infection and drainage. The third stage of an ingrown toenail can be very painful, with all of the symptoms getting worse; there may also be some scar tissue buildup around the toenail.
If you are suffering from a stage one ingrown toenail, you can easily treat it by soaking your foot in warm water and applying an antibiotic ointment. When the ingrown toenail has moved into stage two or three, toenail surgery will likely be the result. The toenail surgery that is used to treat this condition is known as lateral nail avulsion; this is where the doctor removes the area of the toenail that is causing infection. Another toenail surgery is then done to prevent the nail growing back the same way; the doctor will then apply antibiotic ointment and wrap the toe.
After toenail surgery, you will have to clean the toe once a day with clean water and soap; then it will be necessary to apply an antibiotic ointment to the area. Toenail surgery can be painful, therefore your doctor will probably advice you to take some over the counter medication to help alleviate the pain.
To help prevent ingrown nails, and the need for toenail surgery, you will want to make sure that you only wear shoes that fit properly, plus you should always trim your toenails properly, paying careful attention not to trim them too far down. If you notice the start of an ingrown toenail, you should begin treatment right away, as it is easier to treat in stage one and a lot less painful. This way you can avoid toenail surgery, as well as all of the pain that is associated with it.