1. Post #1
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    Dennab
    August 2008
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    Got ingrown toenails? Do they suck ass? Of course they do. Well I'm here to help.

    I've had to deal with an ingrown toenail on my right big toe for about 4-5 years now, because when I was a younger teen I stupidly cut my toenail rounded instead of straight because I did not know better. About a year and a half ago I discovered a long term short term fix that keeps it from hurting, prevents infection, doesn't hobble you, and doesn't require that you go to a doctor and get the treatment they do. (Which I am personally afraid of because I watched a few of them and it looks scary as fuck, plus I've heard that a lot of foot doctors do the injections in the wrong spot then tear out your nail root without proper anaesthetic.

    So first let's talk a bit about ingrown toenails.

    An ingrown toenail, if you don't know, is a condition where (simultaneously) the edge of your toenail grows into the nail groove of your toe, and the skin of the nail groove grows over the edge nail plate. The most common causes of this are either careless nail cutting (cutting the front edge of your toenail behind the front 1-2mm of your nail groove generally starts ingrown toenails) and heavy damage that causes the edge of the nail to be pushed into the nail groove or breakage (i.e. kicking a wall, dropping something heavy on it, etc.)


    So basically we're going to fix your ingrown toenail in a few easy steps while avoiding the surgery (If you want to see what the surgery looks like, wikipedia 'ingrown toenail' and scroll down to below the bandaid method. I'm not linking them because it requires looking at them again and they almost made me throw up.)

    Disclaimer: This will not CURE or ELIMINATE an ingrown toenail permanently. All this does is allow you to function without pain and prevent infection. If you want it gone for good, SEE A FOOT DOCTOR

    Step 1a - Cleaning the wound: (If your ingrown toenail isn't filled with pus, skip to 1b)
    If your ingrown toenail is in the earlier stages where it's still infected and filled with pus, drain the pus by using your thumbnail to pull the skin away from the toenail. After preliminary draining, use a toothpick to gently push up the edge of the ingrown toenail so you can get under it. Clean it with a bit of hydrogen peroxide.

    Step 1b - Saltwater Bath:
    Heavily salt and boil water, and let it cool to tolerable (not comfortable, tolerable). Soak the affected foot in the salt bath for between 15 and 30 minutes so that your skin prunes and the dead edges of your nail groove stand out. This step serves to both make it easier (and therefore less painful) to perform the procedure while also sanitizing the affected area.)

    Step 2 - Removing the skin and revealing the nail
    Start by drying your foot, then remove the dead edges of the nail groove with nail clippers (like when you take a shower and the edges of your fingernails turn white and get larger). After removing the dead skin, pull back the remaining tissue and perform the same action as in Step 1a (with a clean toothpick). Use (sanitized) nailclippers to cut along the inside edge of the ingrown toenail down to the base of the nail plate. Leave it connected near the base of the nail plate! Do NOT cut into toenail that's still attached to the skin under it, curve the cut to follow the dead nail that came away from the skin.

    Step 3 - Removing the nail and damaging the nail root
    Use a pair of (sanitized) needle nose pliers to grasp the cut away ingrown nail near the base and pull it back from your toe and away from the ingrown area (back along the knuckle of your toe).    This WILL hurt once you get to the root, and it WILL bleed, but this is the only time this will ever hurt, and it provides so much relief.    Continue to pull the nail back, slowly so that it doesn't break, until part of the root pulls out and the nail comes away (Post pictures!)

    Step 4 - Removing shards
    When you develop an ingrown toenail, the nail will grow into the skin along the side of the nail. If you've had it for a while, you'll notice that the skin outside of the ingrown toenail will be slightly bulbous. That's the result of the nail that grew under the skin having fractured in the skin. Sometimes these pieces don't come out with the initial nail removal. These shards will need to be removed to provide complete relief. This step is easy enough, just rub the outside skin of the ingrown toe nail until you feel a shard and then push it towards the freshly cut area. Sometimes you might need to pull it out.

    Step 5 - Cleaning
    Use hydrogen peroxide or pure liquor (vodka, everclear, etc) to clean and sterilize the area. Roll up a tissue and place it in the cleaned wound and then cover it with a band-aid.

    Step 6 - Follow up
    Depending on how fast your nails grow, this procedure can last you from 1-3 months to 6+. My nails grow moderately fast, so I get a good 4-6 months out of this before it starts to get uncomfortable and I need to do a follow up. Follow up is easy, all you do is pull the skin back a bit, lift up the leading edge of the nail, and follow step 3 again. It will not hurt this time, as the damaged root will have formed a sort of fracture line along where it was originally damaged. It will also bleed much less.


    I've been using this method for a while and I'm so glad I did it. Before, I couldn't do things like run or play soccer or jump around because my ingrown toenail made it hurt more. It also made my job at the time living hell (I worked at a furniture warehouse assembling cabinets, so I was standing on a concrete floor for 8 hours at a time). After doing this, the pain went away completely, and the ingrown area hasn't been infected, irritated, or noticeable since.

    Good luck! And remember for fucks sake sterilize your tools before using them.
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  2. Post #2
    Pruneyman's Avatar
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    What the flying fuck, that sounds horrible and pointless.
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  3. Post #3
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    Dennab
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    I take it you've never had an ingrown toenail.

    They hurt like fuck all the time and you can never get rid of them unless you see a doctor and he cuts away half of your toe. They can also get REALLY infected and you could even lose your toe.

    This gets rid of almost all of the pain and prevents infection.
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  4. Post #4
    Pruneyman's Avatar
    July 2010
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    My sister has had one up to 16 years old. She got it removed by a doctor and she's been fine for 2 years, her toe looks normal as fuck too. (Without the nail)
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  5. Post #5
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    Dennab
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    My toe looks normal too, except that my toenail is a little misshapen.

    This is a long term temporary fix for people who either can't afford to go to a doctor for this or don't want to.

    Edited:

    If you like I can take and post a picture of my toe so you can see that I haven't fucked it up
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    polarbear.'s Avatar
    June 2011
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    what does this have to do with fitness, first the black wart shit on that guys hand, now nail infections ohgod
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  7. Post #7
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    He probably heard about my debacle
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  8. Post #8
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    Dennab
    January 2006
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    My sister has had one up to 16 years old. She got it removed by a doctor and she's been fine for 2 years, her toe looks normal as fuck too. (Without the nail)
    Wait, it never grew back?

    My dad used to get them and he would just bite down on his shirt while he pulled the whole nail off with pliers. As far as I know, they would grow back.

    I've never had an ingrown nail, but the two outside toenails on both feet used to fall off during football season because of all the cutting and whatnot I did. I'm sure it's different on big toes, but they grew back just fine.
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  9. Post #9
    Dennab
    September 2008
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    Whenever I get ingrown toenails i just run a nail clipper under the nail till is pops it out then I snip
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  10. Post #10
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    August 2006
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    My balls feel so tiny right now. Putting a clipper under the nail, the fuck?

    I'm outtie.
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  11. Post #11
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    For anyone thinking of doing anything like this on their own, do not half-ass the job. If you're going to get as far as the root on your own, take the fucker out from the base.

    Otherwise you'll end up with a separate nail bud growing through the side of your toe, parallel to your actual nail that you will eventually have to have removed/painstakingly remove yourself.

    Like this: (Photo of a cut out nail fragment with bud)
    http://i51.tinypic.com/153s6j4.png
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    Wait, it never grew back?

    My dad used to get them and he would just bite down on his shirt while he pulled the whole nail off with pliers. As far as I know, they would grow back.

    I've never had an ingrown nail, but the two outside toenails on both feet used to fall off during football season because of all the cutting and whatnot I did. I'm sure it's different on big toes, but they grew back just fine.
    Nope, I think the doctor removed like, half her nail and it didn't grow back, probably to stop it from occuring again.
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  13. Post #13
    Dennab
    April 2010
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    hey guys heres this super smart method i found for treat- oh wait its the same thing as anyone should do for a potentially infected wound

  14. Post #14
    polarbear.'s Avatar
    June 2011
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    RIP IT OUT AND POUR FUCKING WHISKEY ON IT
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  15. Post #15
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    I've had to deal with ingrown toenails on both feet for 5 years. There is no permanent solution for me. But, I have mastered it

    I just clip a section off in a curve shape at the left side (If it's ingrown on the left side) and try to get it to where I can just peel it out. I also use a nail file with a hook at the end to help pull the fucker out.

    Works great every time, and lasts months.

  16. Post #16
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    I just had them remove the sides that where ingrown and infected. Once he cut them out he burn the nail matrix (yes that is what they called it) with a chemical so that part of the nail does not grow back. Best money ever spent, no more toe pain and no more in-grown toenails, plus I got to keep majority of my nail so my toes look normal.
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  17. Post #17
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    May 2008
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    I just had them remove the sides that where ingrown and infected. Once he cut them out he burn the nail matrix (yes that is what they called it) with a chemical so that part of the nail does not grow back. Best money ever spent, no more toe pain and no more in-grown toenails, plus I got to keep majority of my nail so my toes look normal.
    I've always wondered about doing this, does it hurt?

  18. Post #18
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    April 2010
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    This is a hobby?
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  19. Post #19
    Dennab
    December 2009
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    Wait, it never grew back?
    I googled nailess toe. Don't do it.

    I once landed on my toe bent and for some reason the nail cracked.. well not cracked.. but I could feel the top of the nail comming off. Few days later I was bored and I started peeling the top of the nail off. Not the top as in the distal edge (the part you cut off), but top as in the lunula (the light pink/white crescent shape). I didn't feel anything but I felt my nail grow cold as the bottom layer touched the air. It felt squishy too. It all grew back.

  20. Post #20
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    I googled nailess toe. Don't do it.

    I once landed on my toe bent and for some reason the nail cracked.. well not cracked.. but I could feel the top of the nail comming off. Few days later I was bored and I started peeling the top of the nail off. Not the top as in the distal edge (the part you cut off), but top as in the lunula (the light pink/white crescent shape). I didn't feel anything but I felt my nail grow cold as the bottom layer touched the air. It felt squishy too. It all grew back.

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    I've always wondered about doing this, does it hurt?
    No, the doctor gives you two shots per toe that are not even in the infected area. He numbs the nerves that lead to the toe leaving the toe completely numb. It took him like 2 minutes to cut my toe, it was literally painless. Me and the doctor where having a conversation like normal and laughing the whole time. (Lots of jokes being thrown around at the time).

    After all the shit wore off it still didn't hurt, the doctor was a foot specialist and did one hell of a job. I had my toes done my coremen in the navy and they made the process painful and fucked up my toes worse.
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    what does this have to do with fitness, first the black wart shit on that guys hand, now nail infections ohgod
    Because this is the only health related forum in FP?

    Edited:

    Wait, it never grew back?

    My dad used to get them and he would just bite down on his shirt while he pulled the whole nail off with pliers. As far as I know, they would grow back.

    I've never had an ingrown nail, but the two outside toenails on both feet used to fall off during football season because of all the cutting and whatnot I did. I'm sure it's different on big toes, but they grew back just fine.
    The surgery removes the root of the nail, making it impossible to grow back.

    Your father only ripped off the 'dead' nail. The only living part of the nail, the root, is buried deep under the cuticle. Unless you remove that the nail will keep growing back. Also ripping off your entire nail will only make it worse

    Edited:

    For anyone thinking of doing anything like this on their own, do not half-ass the job. If you're going to get as far as the root on your own, take the fucker out from the base.

    Otherwise you'll end up with a separate nail bud growing through the side of your toe, parallel to your actual nail that you will eventually have to have removed/painstakingly remove yourself.

    Like this: (Photo of a cut out nail fragment with bud)
    http://i51.tinypic.com/153s6j4.png
    Is it just me or does that thing have a penis?

    Edited:

    hey guys heres this super smart method i found for treat- oh wait its the same thing as anyone should do for a potentially infected wound
    So you're supposed to pull out the ingrown nail on all of your infected wounds?

    I didn't even know there was a nail in my arm. Thanks for the tip bro

    Edited:

    RIP IT OUT AND POUR FUCKING WHISKEY ON IT
    YUP

    Alcohol's as good an antiseptic as hydrogen peroxide. Only reason it isn't recommended is because it kills EVERYTHING and dries the cells out really bad.

    Edited:

    I've had to deal with ingrown toenails on both feet for 5 years. There is no permanent solution for me. But, I have mastered it

    I just clip a section off in a curve shape at the left side (If it's ingrown on the left side) and try to get it to where I can just peel it out. I also use a nail file with a hook at the end to help pull the fucker out.

    Works great every time, and lasts months.
    So pretty much you do what I outlined in the OP?

    See here folks, a satisfied reader. He followed my instructions to the letter and INGROWN TOENAIL IS NO LONGER AN ISSUE

    Edited:

    I've always wondered about doing this, does it hurt?
    If you get a good doctor that knows where to inject the numbing shit, no.

    If not, yes. It hurts. A fucking lot.

    Edited:

    No, the doctor gives you two shots per toe that are not even in the infected area. He numbs the nerves that lead to the toe leaving the toe completely numb. It took him like 2 minutes to cut my toe, it was literally painless. Me and the doctor where having a conversation like normal and laughing the whole time. (Lots of jokes being thrown around at the time).

    After all the shit wore off it still didn't hurt, the doctor was a foot specialist and did one hell of a job. I had my toes done my coremen in the navy and they made the process painful and fucked up my toes worse.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vandenbosduring1.jpg
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    That is why I don't want to get the surgery. My method works fine thankee.

    Edited:

    M-m-monster post

  23. Post #23
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    January 2009
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    Oh, jesus christ.. I had to remove a hangnail TO THE LEFT OF MY BIG TOE today. It hurt like fucking hell, and I do not certainly want a ingrown toenail now.
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  24. Post #24
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    Hangnails are just skin. Removing them won't give you an ingrown toenail. What causes that is clipping the leading edge of the toenail too far behind the nail groove.

  25. Post #25
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    All I did was cut my nail and taped the side of my toe back for a few days, soaking the foot for 15 minutes each day.

    Sounds a lot easier than all of this

  26. Post #26
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    If you drink a little, you'll feel less pain.
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    Dennab
    April 2010
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    So you're supposed to pull out the ingrown nail on all of your infected wounds?

    I didn't even know there was a nail in my arm. Thanks for the tip br
    ye dumass generally you remove the afflicting object, clean the wound and attempt to disinfect it to best your ability.

    Not rocket science

  28. Post #28
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    The Joke
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    Your Head

  29. Post #29
    hula whoop's Avatar
    April 2011
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    I've been doing this for a few years now, I think I might have to do it again today actually.
    It feels so good when you rip it out, not like orgasmic good, more of a relieving feeling I guess.

  30. Post #30
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    August 2009
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    I have a solution that absorbs all the pus from an infection caused by ingrown toenails. And it's really fucking strange.

    First of all, get a bag then pour some milk in it. Second, get some brown bread. Third, put the bread inside the milk until it looks really fucking disgusting. After that, just put your foot in there and find a way to make the bag hold in place and sleep with it during the night. It worked for me.
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    June 2011
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    I have a solution that absorbs all the pus from an infection caused by ingrown toenails. And it's really fucking strange.

    First of all, get a bag then pour some milk in it. Second, get some brown bread. Third, put the bread inside the milk until it looks really fucking disgusting. After that, just put your foot in there and find a way to make the bag hold in place and sleep with it during the night. It worked for me.
    what the fuck why would you get the idea to do that
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    Dennab
    April 2010
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    The Joke
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    Your Head

    Actually funny



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    Your "joke"
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    what the fuck why would you get the idea to do that
    Someone in the family told me about it.

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    Actually funny



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    March 2010
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    I had an ingrown nail when I was younger so my mom just dug in and clipped it out and it hurt like a mofo but I was fine after that and still am.
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  36. Post #36
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    December 2009
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    i have an ingrown toenail althoug i dont have the balls to fix it :saddowns:

  37. Post #37
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    June 2011
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    well, you can go to a clinic and do this
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  38. Post #38
    hang you're self
    G71tc4's Avatar
    March 2008
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    got one of these fuckers lasered out.

  39. Post #39
    JohnStamosFan's Avatar
    May 2010
    1,301 Posts
    Wow. I never thought it could be so serious.
    I had 1 on the inside of each big toe (Walking with 2 ingrown toe nails is awesome in Junior High...)
    I would get my feet stepped on, and couldn't go a day without getting at least one bloody sock.
    Finally though i just got sick of it, because i thought your could just wait them out. So i clipped them with toe-nail clippers and ripped them out. They grew back fine. Haven't had one since, but i definitely don't miss that at all.

  40. Post #40
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    December 2009
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    When I got one I just took a knife and cut the side of my toe open, then peeled up the nail and cut it off. Never had it again.
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