There are two possible solutions for your problem. If this is the first time you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, then a nail avulsion would be indicated. This is a surgical procedure performed in the office where the ingrown border of the nail plate is surgically excised. Antibiotics are typically not needed and the condition resolves by simply removing the ingrown nail border. The recovery period is usually 7-10 days and heavy activity such as running can be performed within 24-48 hours.
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For recurrent cases of ingrown toenails, a permanent procedure is typically chosen. This involves the same technique as a nail avulsion, but a chemical is introduced into the nail groove and the nail matrix (cells that form the nail) is ablated to prevent the border of the nail from growing back. The recovery period is slightly extended for this procedure as drainage usually occurs for 14 days. Regular activity, as well as exercise, can again take place in 24-48 hours.
If you ever had an ingrown toenail that never responded to your “bathroom” surgery then you may want to read this to see why.
Typically when the nail plate irritates the surrounding nail fold, it breaks the king and gets covered by the inflamed nail fold. When one tries to “cut the corner” out, they typically miss the entire side and cut a portion of the nail and apply pressure to pull it out. A spike of nail is left behind and continues to grow and eventually is stuck into the nail fold which complicates the situation even further. Now bacteria is enabled to enter the skin and an infection occurs. When this occurs, the only way to remove the nail is through surgical excision and excising the entire side of the nail.