posted on Oct, 12 2011 @ 11:55 PM
reply to post by periloustimes
I'd suggest also some toothpicks and some Q-tips. The toothpicks are for taking a bit of cotton off the Q-tips and shoving it under an in-grown
toenail--kind of in a "U" shape around the edge of the part of the nail that's in-grown.
I had 2-3 Big toenails pulled off by the Doc who finally taught me that. It has solved many such problems before they got going well. It has also
solved many problems of friends who's toes were seriously ugly and infected.
One can soak the cotton in iodine etc. as fits if necessary. As I understand it and have experienced it, it is best to leave the cotton in for at
least several days--weeks if fitting and workable with the infection decreasing day by day. Follow Doc's orders if the infection is clearly NOT
If it is too painful to shove a full "U" under and around the troublesome edge of the nail at one time--do it a little at a time over an hour or 3.
It's best to shove it at least to the uninfected part of the nail if not slightly beyond.
It is IMPORTANT to NOT get too much cotton involved and not too little. Use enough to cushion the nail against the infected skin significantly. But
not so much that every step is excruciating beyond bearing.
It is also good to take a toenail clipper and clip off any excess that might cause the treatment "U" to become dislodged.
Normally, I did not bandage the toe after installing the cotton. IF there's a chance unbandaged that the cotton would come out, one can certainly
bandage it. I find that paper tape works best. Usually, with such ingrown toenails, sandals are best.
It's quite OK to let it get wet in the shower. It's quite OK to soak the toe in Epson Salts after installing the "U."
It needs to be thick enough and installed fully enough that it's not very easily going to become dislodged.
Anyone who's had a big toenail removed knows how painful the recovery is for how long. This is a MUCH better and far more effective treatment, in my