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What can a nail tech do to help a client with ingrown toenails? I

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What can a nail tech do to help a client with ingrown toenails? I

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What can a nail tech do to help a client with ingrown toenails? Is there anything she can do prevent it in the first place?

Dr. Phoebe Rich: Ingrown toenails can be very painful due to the growth of the sharp nail into the flesh of the lateral nail fold. This nail spicule acts like a foreign body and usually causes the skin to become infected and inflamed, accounting for the pain. Several common sense things can help prevent ingrown nails. Cut the nails straight across and not down into the corners. Advise the client who is prone to ingrown nails to wear shoes that are not constricting or pointed. When an ingrown nail first occurs, soaking in warm water helps. Once there is an infection, an antibiotic and even surgery may be necessary, and a prompt referral to a podiatrist would be judicious.

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