Your doctor may diagnose the internal toenail based on your symptoms and the physical examination of your nail and surrounding skin.
If your home remedies did not help your toenails, your doctor may recommend:
Remove the nail. For a slightly nested nail (redness and pain, but no pus), your doctor may carefully lift the edge of the inner tab and put cotton, dental floss or splint under it. This separates the nail from the top skin and helps the nail grow above the skin edge. At home, you must wet the toe and change the material on a daily basis.
To remove the nail in part. For a more serious internal toenail (redness, pain, and pus), your doctor may cut or remove the inside of the nail. Before this procedure, your doctor may temporarily match your finger by injecting anesthesia.
Remove the nail and tissue. If you experience problems with the same toe repeatedly, your doctor may recommend removing the nail with the underlying tissue (nail bed). This procedure can prevent part of your fingernail from coming back. Your doctor will use chemical, laser or other methods.
Your doctor may also recommend that you use topical or oral antibiotics, especially if the finger is infected or at risk of infection.
Lifestyle and home remedies
You can treat most internal toenails at home. Here’s how:
Soak your feet in warm water. Do this three to four times a day for 15 to 20 minutes. Wetting reduces swelling and reduces sensitivity.
Place cotton or dental floss under your toenail. After each soaking process, place fresh cotton pieces or waxed floss under the inner edge. This helps the nail grow above the skin edge.
Apply antibiotic cream. Put the antibiotic ointment in the tender area and foot bandage.
Choose sensible shoes. Consider wearing open toe or sandals until you feel better.
Take the pain relievers. Non-prescription painkillers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) can help relieve foot pain.
Preparing for your appointment
Your GP or foot doctor (pediatrician) can diagnose a toenail. Prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor during your appointment. Here are some basic questions:
Is my condition temporary or long-term (chronic)?
What are my treatment options and the pros and cons of each?
What results can I expect?
Can’t wait to see if it’s all on its own?
Which nail care routine do you recommend when my toe is healed?
Your doctor is likely to ask you the following questions:
When did you start having symptoms?
Do you always have symptoms?
What treatments did you use at home?
Do you have any other discomfort that causes your blood flow to your legs or feet?
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