READ FIRST: I'm just a guy who's had ingrown toenails and then stumbled on a way to manage them and I think (fingers crossed) put them behind me. One time I even had to go into a podiatrist and have an ingrown toenail surgically fixed. It was not pleasant. A buddy turned me onto this topical solution called Outgro (pictured to the right). It's cheap and it really works. Basically it numbs the area where your ingrown nail is digging into your sensitive skin, (so that's nice) for some quick pain relief. Secondly, when the skin is numbed up it's more manageable to get in there with the right (sterile) tools and fix the problem yourself. This Outgro stuff is cheap and works well, but for whatever reason isn't at most drug stores (at least where I live) so I order it online. It's surprisingly cheaper that way too.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ingrown Toenail Operation

Ingrown toenail operation can be a serious matter and for many potential clients its an intimidating procedure to face. Typically the operation can consist of local anesthetic applied via a syringe to the toe(s) that will be worked on. While the patient is conscious and sitting upright on a table or bed the specialist will take an X-Acto knife (pictured below) which can also be referred to as a utility knife. The doctor will slice off the portion of the toenail (i.e. outside of the toe) in an effort to remove the entire troubling area of toenail. This generally results in a fair amount of blood and depending on the level of tolerance of the patient can be quite disturbing to witness. In addition to the costs associated with such an operation there are numerous other reasons why an individual would likely prefer to avoid having to undergo such an experience.
The key to avoiding an ingrown toenail operation is to practice the old adage that says an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you already have an ingrown toenail don't despair because all hope is not lost. There is still an excellent chance that with the right tools and ingrown toenail products you can rectify your situation without having to go under the knife.

Above all else remember that sanitation is key to preventing dangerous infections and that as an untrained professional never put anything (including nail clippers) around an open wound even if you've been alright doing it for years. It's highly recommended that especially when dealing with ingrown toenail pain that you scald all your instruments (clippers, files, etc.) and remember to disinfect them as well to reduce the possibility for infection as much as humanly possible.

Potentially the most critical item that you'll need before doing any serious work on your really bad ingrown toenail problems is an very inexpensive (usually between $5 and $10) product called Outgro which is extremely valuable for dealing with pain until your ingrown toenail operation if having a professional work on your problem is the route that you do indeed decide to go. For a comprehensive explanation of exactly what Outgro is and why it's so popular for this particular problem please see the previous post on Outgro for ingrown toenail relief.