Can I Use Over-The-Counter Products for Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails are very common and can become very painful. Every once in a while, I have patients tell me they used a product from the drug store before coming in to see me. Dr Scholl's does make a product for ingrown nails. What consumers need to understand is that this product has some very mild pain reliever in it, but it will NOT fix an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail is caused by a nail digging into the adjacent skin. That causes pain. Removing the offending corner of the nail is really the only way to relieve the pain. Cutting a V in the tip of the nail does NOT work. Soaking in Epsom salts can relieve some swelling but will NOT eliminate the ingrown nail. See your podiatrist if you have recurrent ingrown nails. The treatment is quite simple and is very effective. I call it my 98% procedure because it works so well. Watch the video above to find out more, and remember the next time you are standing at the pharmacy contemplating the purchase of the ingrown toenail "cure", what you really need to do is call your podiatrist. Better yet, call Neuhaus Foot and Ankle at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment with us online.