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Anonymous

I'm a doctor but this has never been taught to me in medical school. I have problems with ingrown nails during skiing season. The technique described has been previously reported but it is worth repeating. It was taught to me by a former classmate who deals with this problem frequently.

If you are an early stage ingrown toenail, the key objective is to reduce lateral force extending your nail into the sides of your nailbeds so the nail will grow straight out again

To do this, take small sharp scissors (I use a swiss army knife scissor) and cut a 'V' into the middle of your nail. It doesn't have to be wide (maybe 1/8' but it does have to be as deep as you comfortably can without injuring the nail bed. Over time, side pressure will be relieved and the nail will grow straight.

A second option (which has not worked as well for me) is to taken a knife and back stroke a strip along the center of the nail to scrape the keratin off the nail and making it thinner. If you scrape it sufficiently, the nail will become thin and pliable and can bend and buckle to relieve the lateral stress of the ingrown toenail. You can use both the V and the scraping strip together to relieve the pain of the nail. In both cases, once the nail is freed from the ingrown site and growing again, it will completely regenerate in 2-3 months.

Most important is PREVENTION: when you clip your toes, clip them in a straight line so that the ends of your toe nails extend beyond the skin on the side of the nail. Most ingrown nails occur when you cut your nails very short and slides are cut in at an angle following your toe. In this case, the center of the nail is longer than the sides. As the nail grows, it will naturally grow laterally as well as forward and since you've tightly clipped your nails at the sides, the nail will grow into the skin. Good Luck!

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Anonymous

How long does the V have to be? when people say 'deep' do they mean cut right though the nail? I cut mine right through the nail and it goes from the tip to about the centre of the nail. Does it have to go right down to the base to work or will I be fine with that?

TRISHA

I HAVENT DONE THE V CUT, BUT THE SCRAPING DOES WORK..AND ORAGEL HELPS WITH PAIN, I HAVE HAD A PROBLEM SINCE WITH INGROWNS FOR 30 PLUS YRS, MY GRANDPA SCRAPED MY NAIL AND IT RELIEVED AND HELPED IT, THEY USE TO GET GREEN PUSS..BAD INFECTIONS...BUT SINCE I DO THIS I DONT GET THEM, BUT SURE AS I FORGET TO DO THIS ABOUT EVERY 3 MONTHS I WILL GET A INGROWN NAIL..

Anonymous

Well I tried the 'V' cut the first time I had this problem...and you know what???? NOW my toenail is shaped like a horseshoe and digs into my skin every 2-3 months. My toenail NEVER grew back flat, it has curved inward ever since and I have an ingrown toenail like ALL the time. It is sooooo painful. I can't get my nail to grow out long enough to do anything to it before it curl's in on the side and digs into my toe. I WOULD NOT recommend this treatment to ANYONE!!!!!

Just

Do I make the V in the middle of the nail or on the side where it hurts?

Anonymous

Scientific or not, the 'V' works. I've been doing it for years. For those of you asking, I've always cut the V in the middle of the toe nail. A good pedicure will work too. Generally they will cut the nail properly and can cut out the section that is growing incorrectly.
Every case is different and some people have to try other options. Good Luck.

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