Patient Comments: Ingrown Toenail - Experience

Please describe your experience with ingrown toenails.

Comment from: Scott, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

I have been there, done that. It was almost impossible to walk with the ingrown toenails, with pain in shoes and all. I have fixed mine with Dermatico without surgery luckily.

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Comment from: JazBean, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I've gotten maybe 4 or so ingrown toenails since I was younger. I'm 20 now but usually I would catch them when they were just starting and go to a nail salon and they would charge a few bucks extra to dig it out. When I was in high school I got a really bad ingrown that got infected and I had my nail removed by a physician. The anesthetic shot was the worst I've ever had in my life, you think stubbing your toe is bad! After that it took about 8 months for my nail to grow back fully and I didn't have much problem because I got regular pedicures. I got another while working at a restaurant. I needed nonslip shoes and had to wait a week until I could buy my own so I borrowed some that were a size smaller. I was so horrified of going to the doctor and enduring the pain of nail removal I didn't seek treatment for about a year. I was able to get the poking nail when it grew but another piece would push back into its place. I have some scar tissue from the constant swelling but, it's not much of an issue. My right big toe is just a little plumper than my left.

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Comment from: myesterday, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I have suffered with in grown toenails on both sides of the nail in both big toes for years. When necessary, I would dig them out by myself. They always grew back. Finally, they started to grow closer to the base of the nail, making it virtually impossible for me to dig them out. I consulted with a podiatrist and had bilateral matricectomy on both big toes. The shot was the worst part, as was removing the bandage for the first time. One of my toes was so bloodied it looked like it was from a scene in a horror movie. I am recovering as I write this. The pain is subsided and worse in one toe than the other. It is very important to keep it clean, use antibacterial ointment and keep it bandaged. I am looking forward to freedom from these!

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Comment from: Rosa T, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I get ingrown toe nails all the time. They get bad where the doctor has to remove it. I try to at home but I make it worse. I think I get them is because I am overweight.

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Comment from: MomOfFour812, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I have had two epidurals. I would rather have that done again before getting the pain numbing medication inserted into my two toes again; the worst pain I have ever felt. It is a good thing they did both ingrown nails at today's visit, or I would have suffered for the other toe. The injection was beyond painful.

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