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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ingrown Toenail Doctor

An ingrown toenail doctor is typically a podiatrist which is a doctor that specializes in feet. Pod (as well as pod) is the Latin word for foot. A podiatrist has completed medical school and received an MD (medical degree) after completing their bachelor's degree is most any subject but typically a science because of the course work necessary to prepare for the MCAT exam that is required for medical school admission and placement.

For many people it's the cost of ingrown toenail removal that keeps them from going to a professional. After cost the next biggest reason why more people don't see a pro is because of a general fear about the pain that can be involved. Ultimately it's most often only after home remedies fail that a majority of people elect to actually seek treatment from a toe doctor to find relief from the problem that can in the worst case scenario lead to dangerous infections.

Most people initially try to solve the problems themselves with a simple set of toenail clippers while cutting their nails. When it becomes apparent that this strategy alone won't be enough to eliminate the problem the next step is to actually look into purchasing products like files and specific ingrown toenail clippers. Generally speaking it's only after exhausting all do it yourself options including topical solutions like Outgro before breaking down and paying and going through the hassle and process of dealing with an actual ingrown toenail doctor.

For the best results in terms of finding a reputable podiatrist ask around for recommendations from friends, coworkers and family. You might be surprised at who's had to deal with similar issues.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ingrown Toenail Clippers

Ingrown toenail clippers are for the most part almost the same product as your average clippers for cutting toenails with the notable distinction that ideally they will have the pointed extender that normally is also associated with having a very small file on it. In the very fist post on this site titled "how to help ingrown toenails" a highlighted illustration shows exactly what's being described in the previous sentence.

The right toenail clippers fall into the category of having the right ingrown toenail products such as braces and various other topical solutions and such to fix the issues that are causing the pain and inflammation. Finding some help and relief from the pain makes spending a few dollars on a nice pair or toenail clippers a great use of a modest amount of money. Finding a cure that goes beyond simple home remedies is often the result of having the right products for the job.

Below is the most highly recommended ingrown toenail clipper that was built specifically for ingrown toenails with a slanted cutting surface that can be worked into the odd corner areas where ingrown toenails are most likely to occur. Something to keep in mind is that even if you have access to an old finger nail or toe nail clipper (older than one year) then do yourself a favor and spend a little bit of money to get a brand new state of the art quality piece of equipment.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ingrown Toenail Relief

Ingrown toenail relief is the only thing that anyone who's ever had to endure really bad pain in a sensitive area (perhaps involving proud flesh) can really think of. For those suffering from potentially debilitating problems the thoughts are really twofold in (1) how to fix the problem by removing or taking out the ingrown toenail and (2) what really causes ingrown toenails?

For answers to those questions readers are advised to sort through the articles posted in side column for permanent treatment options for curing these serious problems through either home remedies or professional treatment.

The key to achieving ingrown toenail relief is to find a way to help relieve the pressure and pain that comes from a rogue nail growth into the sensitive skin around the corner portions of the toe. Solutions can involve using products to clear space and/or provide an anesthetic to numb the surrounding skin area so that the pain doesn't become uncomfortable. In mild cases it can feel helpful to soak the troubled foot in warm water to soothe the skin. It's a very good idea to keep the problem area clean and sterile as the cold, dark, and damp area where toes normally live for most of the day in socks and shoes can be a breeding ground for all sorts of germs that could potentially cause dangerous infections.