An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin.
An ingrown toenail is a common and often very unpleasant condition frequently seen in the big toenail. The nail can curl and pierce the skin, which becomes red and swollen.
Other symptoms include:
- unpleasant smell
- inflammation of the skin
- a build-up of fluid
- an overgrowth of skin
- pus coming from the affected area
There are various types of treatments, including self-care, avoidance of shoe pressure on the toenails and various surgical treatments. Sometimes antibiotics may be required.
Our surgeons perform two types of surgery: a partial nail avulsion (detachment), where they remove one or both sides of the affected nail, or a total nail avulsion, where the entire nail is removed. Benefits of the surgery include pain relief, prevention from recurrence (happening again), prevention from infection.
The toenail area will be numbed so you don’t feel any pain. Once the nail has been removed, it is chemically treated to destroy the cells, preventing regrowth.
The procedure will take 20-45 mins. We advise to stay at the clinic for extra 20-30 mins after the procedure. If necessary, you will be given an follow-up appointment in 2-7days.
After dressing the nail you will be able to go home.