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Ingrown Toenail Removal
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Ingrown Toenail Removal?

This is surgery to remove a toenail that has curled and grown into the skin, causing pain.

Ingrown Nail
Ingrown Nail
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The entire nail or the portion of the nail growing into the skin may be removed. It is most often done to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Relieve swelling (inflammation or infection)
  • Remove a deformed nail
  • Correct abnormal nail growth

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have ingrown toenail removal, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Excessive swelling or bleeding

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Diabetes
  • Problems with blood circulation

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the wound
  • Chalky white, blue, or black appearance to skin of toes or foot

In case of emergency, call 911.