Infection After Toenail Removal

by f32rq34

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Sometimes you can get infection after this procedure and it is usually what happens at home rather than what happens within the clean clinic.

There are a couple of reasons for this:

1- if you have got an infection then get antibiotics for it. As soon as the dressing is taken off bugs can get in. Post-op advice really needs to be sorted out, especially with cleansing and dressing the toe...and the person who did it should have told you/ given you a written form.

2- if they used Phenol in the procedure, then this does look like an infection. You should go back to the person who did it to check. But it will always look worse before it gets better, which redness and discharge because the body is adjusting to the chemical burn which was caused and controlled by the Phenol. People who are not used to it will state that it is an infection, even though it isn't.

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Oct 15, 2017
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by: Becci

I feel so relieved after reading all these comments! Had both big toe nails removed 2 weeks ago and I have been in so much pain with the right 1 (the left is a bit uncomfortable at times but bearable) I honestly thought there was something wrong with me... I was told I should be ok to go back to work the day after having it done? Needless to say I can't wear socks or full shoes without been in agony so no way can i go back to work (on feet all day dealing with deliveries, pushing around trollies/cages etc) I'm starting to worry I may be developing an infection, how long on average is healing time? When can I expect to get back to normal? Thank you

Oct 14, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Hi just thought I would put a quick tip on I had my big nail removed last month with phenol too I found putting a box under the duvet to put your foot in works great for getting sleep

Oct 14, 2017
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by: Anonymous

well i had my big toenail removed 3 days ago i am good with pain but i admit i cried with the pain mine seems to be drying ok so far just concerned is this pain still just healing or the nail let you know in a weeks time and yes the 1st and 2nd injection wasn't bad but the 3 rd was a bit more sore and they were just numbing the area for surgery

Sep 30, 2017
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Toe nail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had 6 Nails removed and chemically treated so they don't return, The smaller ones have scabbed over nicely and are not really painful, more uncomfortable if anything touches them. The 2 big toenails have not done as well, both of them are only half scabbed, the other half is raw and open still. I have had 2 lots of antibiotics. The last time I visited they took a swab, so waiting on results. They are painful, but not unbearably so, but I do have waves of nerve pain, that happens in both toes at the same time, like an electric shock. I wish I could hurry up the healing time. I am immune reduced because of medication that I take, also I cannot use anything like tea tree, it has compounds in it that are highly allergenic, I don't think that natural always equals good. I used to manufacture skin care, and the use of tea tree in such products, legally is a reduced amount because of this, so be careful, it highly potent stuff and could possibly be causing some redness as a reaction. Here's to us all healing quickly.

Sep 28, 2017
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Finally getting better NEW
by: jenni

Hey all so I am almost at 3 months since both toenails were permanently removed and they are finally getting better I still probably have a month to go but and very thankful I had it done. It was not easy and very painful do not worry if it takes super long just do whatever needs to be done and try to keep in mind the end result that is what has help me. I use to have pain everyday in my big toe before my surgery and this last week has been worth the pain of having them removed. I can’t believe how much better my feet are since having it done. This was so worth getting done. I didn’t know how much my nails were causing so many problems with my feet. So three antibiotics plus 2 different ear infection and pain from my toes and ears made this very hard to get through but it was not in vein

Sep 27, 2017
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Ouch! NEW
by: Emily

Had my big toenail removed on the 7th of September & it's still painful. I went back to work on the 27th. It's still weeping. Can I use neat aloe Vera from the plant?

Sep 16, 2017
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Twitching and not able to bend my toe after stitches removed NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the sides of my nail root removed and it's been two weeks...my stitches were removed yesterday and my big toe and the other four can't stop from twitching...it freaks me out! Is this normal? Also my Dr. Said no need to soak just let air dry and neosporin if I like...he made it sound like I can resume life as normal right away...I am not so sure. I also noticed I can't bend my toe completely back...help I'm super worried...anyone else have similar experience. This is my second time getting this done but the first time was with chemical. This time it was more invasive. Your feedback is appreciated!

Sep 08, 2017
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Just want this to be over NEW
by: Anonymous

I went to my foot doctor a week ago for a sore and slight infection around my right, big toe. He told me that I had to have my nail removed that day. The shot they use to numb the toe about sent me through the ceiling, that was, to say the least, the most painful numbing shot ever. They got the nail removed, did a punch biopsy, told me to soak it in Epsom salt twice a day and put antibiotic cream on it. I went back today for my follow-up, after a week of extreme pain and sleepless nights, for the doctor to tell me it needed cleaned. Well, as soon as they started cleaning it I just about came unglued. Nope, that WAS NOT happening. The pain I felt was completely unbearable. The doc said I'd had a reaction to the antibiotic cream and that he was giving me a prescription for steroid drop to help. I am to a point where I just want them to remove the toe, I'm sure that would be 1000x easier than what I'm dealing with now.

Sep 03, 2017
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Im concerned NEW
by: Anonymous

So I had both big toenails permanently removed over 2 weeks ago. Since then nothing but pain burning throbbing. I went in and had them. Checked said my left. Toe was infected and had celuliats. Gave me antibiotics which I completed to no. Avail. My toes are so tender they are oozing puss even with soaking them in Epsom salt 2 times a day. I have another appointment with the foot Doctor Who pulled them this coming Friday do I wait until then or go back before that?

Aug 14, 2017
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by: Jenni

Hey sorry it is Jenni btw the long post is mine lol

Aug 13, 2017
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I think I am finally on the mend NEW
by: Anonymous

So today marks a month since mine were removed permanently. Yesterday was one of the best days I have had through this whole time. Not much for pain was able to wear shoes for a short time and socks which made me happy as I always wear socks.

A little bit of history with my toes I have always had problems with my feet and I have a phobia of feet i truely hate them. If you see me in bare feet your one of the few people i truly feel comfortable enough to not wear socks. My husband has learned this the hard way. One time we were playing round and play fighting and he grab a pair of his socks. ( not dirty ones they were a new pair I had just wash but still ) well started to try to put them near my face cause for all he knew it would bug me but unfortunately I started to freak out and started having a panic attack. Well with in seconds he threw the socks across the room at was comforting me and helping me calm down.

Also I have had ingrown nails removed on both sides of each big toe 4 times on the left one and 2 times on the right and that made it worse. My feet hurt every day all day I can't remember the last time they never hurt.

Finally my doctor recommend a dr who does surgery to remove them permanently. After seeing over a six month time she said she thinks this is the best option for me.

This has not been easy and I knew it would be but I can already tell that my feet will be better than they have been all my life

Sorry for long story but I wanted to share

Aug 12, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi margaret ann i was told to soak in salted preboiled water each day to clean it poor u feel better soon mine is nearly healed i had my left big toe nail permanantly removed in may after soaking for only 2 minutes in cooled water dry it on a clean cloth or towel then put a sterile pad on like the podiatrist did with white tape then put a finger bandage over the top to keep clean i used tea tree oil but not everyone does good luck hugs x

Aug 09, 2017
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by: Margaret ann

Hi all

I had both big toe nails removed 1 week ago today. One is fine with no pain and the other is tirture. It feels really hot and the feeling of pressure is unreal. I called GP yesterday and they prescribed me antibiotics without seeing me. I take meds for psoriasis that suppress my immune system so that's probably the reason for infection. However tonight I went for shower and was changing the dressings and notices the sore one looks black where the nail was. Also I have been told to keep mine dry. No one has mentioned soaking mine or anything???

Aug 09, 2017
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Still not healing, NEW
by: Pet

I had both of mine done 6 weeks ago, I have had two lots of antibiotics, Ii is still really painful and still has a lot of discharge, I am wondering if he should go back and have them checked again, they told me they would be healed by September when I go away, it doesn't look good.

Aug 08, 2017
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getting better after toe nail removed NEW
by: jeanette

Hi jenni sounds like what mine looked like and bloody hell its was horrendous the pain the injections when i had it done was god i nearly screamed sooo PAINFUL i had mine done in may its only just started to stop weeping have a look on the internet or google i did theres pictures on there i went to a walk in centre who said it was ok and healing nicely you might have some nerve pain because of the trauma of having your toenail taken off mine was done permanently too let me know how you go hope its better soon take care hugs x

Aug 07, 2017
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by: Jenni

I had them checked on Thursday last week by the doctor who did them. She did say they were infected quiet a bit and I am feeling better but what I am not sure about is the area in the middle of my toes where the nail was it almost looks like a hard shell and is a yellowish while and when I do soak them and rinse the area I have yet to have it come off. Also when I did see her she clean the area. That was the first time I almost fainted the pain and watching what she was doing was too much so I closed my eyes and just tried to think about not moving and breathing ugh this has not been fun at all and I can not wait for this to be over

Is there anyway to send a photo to you or on here so I can show you what I am talking about

Aug 07, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi jenni if you are worried about your toes then go back to your gp or the podiatrist if not a walk in centre thats what i did mine is still raw looking very red at the tip they said its healing nicely with having diabetes you have to be very careful please get it checked let us know how you go good luck hugs x

Aug 07, 2017
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by: Jenni

Hi I had both of my big toes done on July 17 and ended up getting an infection and I'm not sure if the area where the nail was is it normal for it to be almost a off white colour

Aug 04, 2017
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slowly getting better after toe nail removed NEW
by: jeanette

Hi i had my toe nail removed in may this year its has just started to stop weeping its only weeping abit now its still red and sore im a diabetic it takes longer to heal ive been soaking it in preboiled salt water in a bowl with a few drops of tea tree oil which had worked for me just a few minutes a day then redress in a pad and tape like the podiatrist did let us know how you go good luck hugs

Aug 04, 2017
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Toe infection NEW
by: Karen

I've had full nail taking off 2 weeks today just had stitches removed on Wednesday and have been told to soak every day . It's a bit red and leaky little bit of pain but I'm not sure if it's infected. Also the nurse never told me how long iv to soak and dress it .

Aug 03, 2017
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Toenail pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Just a quick question! Had a PNA 7 weeks ago. Getting better by the day, no weeping. BUT 1 toenail is very sore to touch. The other toenail has no pain. Anyone else experience this.
Thanks x

Aug 01, 2017
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Epsom Salts NEW
by: Anonymous

Bath your toe in Epsom salts. My son has low immunity and needed his nails removed, both nails were very infected with pus. We were told to bath in Epsom salts and this cleared the infection within a few days

Aug 01, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi yes ive been putting a couple of drops of tea tree oil in a bowl of preboiled water with a little salt too its helped me mine isnt too far from healed still weeping abit finding this forum has helped me too suggestions ive read being diabetic we take longer to heal your right we are all different but hopefully your on the road to healing i had my big toe nail removed back in may or april no sure lol its awhile ago and im still healing good luck bree and pet let me know if you need any more help i always try to use natural products which are safe to use for diabetics hugs

Aug 01, 2017
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Infected toes NEW
by: Pet,

Do you soak in tea tree oil with warm water every day? I will try anything, thanks for the reply

Aug 01, 2017
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by: Bree

I know how frustrating it is. Podiatrist says soak, but doctor tells me to keep dry. I'm using a few drops of tea tree oil to bathe my toes and fingers crossed I haven't had another infection in a week. I think we are all different, healing wise so I guess patience is needed.
Thanks everyone for suggestions

Aug 01, 2017
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by: Pet

This site has helped because I can see I'm not the only one going through this, I had both toe nails removed 4 weeks ago, I am on intibiotics but the first lot did not help so today I start some more, pain just does not go away, it is really getting me down now, one place tells me to keep soaking but the doctor said keep them dry as much as possible , I am getting very frustrated,

Jul 28, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi rita so glad to hear your healing good luck!!! also to anonymous I believe iodine is a dark orange liquid you put some on a first aid pad then wrap it around your sore toe with white first aid tape not tight then to keep clean put a finger bandage using the tape again to keep in place like the podiatrist did i kept my iodine patch on for a week before checking as it was very sore and weeping its so much better now will be able to stop soaking it soon you can also safely use tea tree and aloe vera directly on to your wound as they are antibacterial too some use manuka honey but that is expensive honey good luck healing i know it can be bad it is painful and keeping it clean theres lots to do keep at it your soon see the light at the end of the tunnel hugsditonr

Jul 28, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Hi Rita, is iodine a liquid or a cream? If liquid, how do you use it. Glad you are starting to heal. It's so frustrating isn't it. Only 6 weeks for me, 2 big toes (PNA) and the podiatrist told me to use betadene. If anything it's made it worse. Several infections. Definitely interested in iodine.

Jul 28, 2017
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Rita NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Jeanette and Any other sufferer

Last post.

After being on 3 courses of industrial strength antibiotics because of persistent infections in the four toe nails I had removed at the end of May, I can now honestly recommend iodine. An "Old School" nurse put that on my infected toes and within a day there was progress.

Well! Saw the surgeon yesterday and almost healed, good hard scabs no muck or puss.

Wish I had know about iodine at the outset.

Still under the nurse for one more week and soon I can chuck these surgical boots in the bin!!!!

best wishes
Rita

Jul 24, 2017
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life after toe nail removed getting better NEW
by: jeanette

Hi bree your welcome we have a aloe vera in a pot its very useful for alot of things we live in stockport uk i like to grow my own herbs they are useful for alot of things let me know how you go with it im a vegetarian so i try to use natural products where ever possible thats good you grow it in your garden that will come in handy good luck

Jul 24, 2017
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by: Bree

Thanks so much Jeanette, I will give some of these suggestions a go. I grow Aloe Vera in my garden. Never thought of using it. Lucky I live in the tropics where open shoes are the fashion.!!!

Jul 24, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi yes there are other things you can use that are natural products aloe vera is anti bacteria and anti inflammatory you put it on the wound its also cooling and helps your immunity honey is another good one to use on wounds so is apple cider vinegar can be used directly onto a wound hope any of this suggestions help ive used some in the past good luck

Jul 24, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Thank you for replying. I used a few drops of tea tree oil as you suggested and not so bad today. I'm using an antibiotic cream for weeks now. Is there anything else you suggest that's natural? thanking you

Jul 23, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi rita sooo glad to hear your getting better and the nurse is looking after you mine is not as bad not weeping as much and not as painful thankfully :-) take care of yourself and i hope you continue to heal good luck HUGS

Jul 23, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Hi bree oh poor you i use tea tree oil i put a couple of drops into a bowl of salted preboiled water mine was badly weeping its so much better now i try to use natural products where i can hope you start to heal keep carrying on with the foot soaking only for a few minutes hope that helps you good luck

Jul 22, 2017
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by: Bree

6 weeks post op, 2 infections in same toe. Now other toe has started weeping 😔
I was thinking of using tea tree oil as salt baths are not helping. Can anyone tell me how much tea tree oil to use. Thank you

Jul 21, 2017
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by: Rita

Hi Jeanette

Saw district nurse yesterday, back under their care. Iodine working very well,pus all gone. Back to raw but clean wounds. New iodine patches thick dressings, seeing nurse next Monday, Thursday.

Feel much more confident now under the care of the nurse. It is also a relief that I am not having to change the dressings myself. Unhealthily squeamish!!!!!!!

kind regards
Rita

Jul 18, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi rita brilliant news yes they used iodine on me too it did help stung abit at first hope you are on the road to recovery day by day getting a little bit better good luck best wishes HUGS

Jul 18, 2017
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by: Rita

Dear Jeanette

Well feel a bit more confident now. Saw a new nurse. She has put iodine patches on the problem toes, packed dressing on top and I go back Thursday.

I had completely forgotten about iodine.

Hopefully now on the road to recovery.

kind regards
Rita

Jul 17, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi rita your not a wuss i know how bad it can be hope it works for you ive used tea tree oil alot for different things its a good oil to use and 100% natural my toe now is just a dull ache and not weeping as much yes let me know how you go wishing you all the best good luck HUGS

Jul 17, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Dear Jeanette

Thank you so much for your encouragement and advice. Woke up this morning and they are so so yuk. So won't be using savlon again. Going to see practice nurse. I was doing so well.

Am also going to try the tea tree oil - I have used this for burns in the past.

Just can't face any more antibiotics!!!!!!

I am not usually such a wuss, but this has flummoxed me.

Will let you know how I get on.

with kind regards
Rita

Jul 16, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi rita im ketosis prone type 2 since only this march a big shock im on insulin and metformin tablets its also known as type 1.5 or flatbush been reading up on it found out it takes longer to heal i also had my toe nail permanently removed in May this year too ive read its safe to use tea tree oil which i put in the preboiled salt water mine is still weeping but not as painful since i started using the tea tree oil its a natural antibacteria oil helps healing give it a go if you can it helped me hope it will help you good luck rita let me know how you go HUGS

Jul 16, 2017
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by: Rita

Really need some advice. Had big toe nails and the adjacent 2 small nails removed end of May. The 2 small toe beds healing nicely. Left big toe bed was healing very well but today showing signs of pus in corner. The right foot just yuk. Raw and pus ridden. Have had 2 courses of very strong antibiotics. Bathe feet in salt water and very careful with dressings. In desperation today have put savlon on before dressings. No pain but use Butrans patches for arthritis. I am Diabetic Type II on insulin and blood sugars in good control. Thanks in anticipation.

Jul 16, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi sorry to hear that i hope it gets better for you ive found that germolene cream with added phenol and chlorhexidine digluconate helps if you can uses it as it numbs pain and helps prevent unfection i got it from our local im still soaking my foot in preboiled salt water with added essential oils and it worked for me good luck healing and getting out of pain HUGS

Jul 15, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Had a partial toe nail removed 3 weeks ago and have infection. The pain has been terrible! The Dr told me to soak in Epsom salts twice a day but it burns so bad I can't do it. Just started antibiotics on Thursday. I had a partial nail removal on the other big toe years ago and didn't have anything like this.

Jul 11, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi thankfully my toe and foot pain is getting better my toe is still weeping so im still soaking my foot in preboiled water with salt in and essential oils which is helping as ive read it somewhere that the essential oils are antibiotic and yes they have worked so im glad to say it does get better it just takes time hang in there anyone going through the same thing having a infected ingrowing toe nail removed HUGS

Jul 05, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi thank you i will persevere i can see the difference it looks less angry still weeping yellow bloody pus ive just soaked my foot its eased it abit due to the pain ive read about trying a tens pain relief machine on my foot which ive used for my fibromyalgia pain in my lower back hips and legs your positive words have helped alot THANK YOU ive only had type one diabetes since march this year its alot to get my head around im only in my 40s some days better than others with my foot pain but thanks to you i do know i'll get there HUGS :-)

Jul 05, 2017
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by: Anonymous

I had partial nail avulsion on both big toes, both sides in January. After reading your comments I would like to tell you that pretty much everything that happened to you happened to me.

I currently have half a nail on one foot as the nail fell off and on the other toe my old nail is stuck to my new nail and is slowly growing out.

I suffered with pus,bright red and inflamed, sore toes. I went to my local hospital with an infection which turned out to be chemical burns. I bathed twice daily in salt water then was told to stop bathing as my skin was too soft! Today after reading your posts, I can say I have no pain, the duvet no longer hurts, I can wear shoes without pain and I wish I had done this year's ago. Please persevere it's such an amazing feeling after years of pain.

Jul 05, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi over 6 weeks since toe nail removed during the night the pain is getting better during the day its still painful its still weeping so im still soaking my foot in preboiled salt water keep your chin up it does get better even though it doesnt feel it at the time, it does take longer to heal being a diabetic take care all hugs :-)

Jun 30, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi been walk in centre today in stockport uk they said the pain is to do with my fibromyalgia its the trauma of having my big toe nail removed so i need to just get on with things until it heals they said it was healing nicely after over four weeks after having the nail removed so i dont need to go back they were really nice ladies in the clinic i didnt have to wait long to be seen so just keep on soaking my foot every day in salt water and keep covered until it stops weeping good luck anyone going through nail removal know it can be painful but hopefully it does get better over time hugs

Jun 28, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi still in pain during the day and some of the night not been out to the walk in centre yet not felt up to it hoping to get up to it this friday, it is getting me down felt very overwhelmed about all the appointments ive had to go to since becoming a type 1 diabetic and now in pain with my foot it does really get me down im hoping the podiatrist will know what is wrong with my foot and big toe didnt think after over 4 weeks it will still be weeping but my mum says everyone is different healing wise wish me luck hugs

Jun 25, 2017
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by: jeanette

Hi sorry to hear that my pain is like that a sharp electric shock type of pain think its nerve pain hope yours heals soon and your not in pain for much longer hugs

Jun 25, 2017
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by: Anonymous

My toe has started hurting Jeanette. It's been 5 weeks and hadn't been painful until this week. It's a sharp stabbing paid when touched. I'm sick of it now.

Jun 25, 2017
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Had left toe nail totally removed NEW
by: jeanette

Hi i had left big toe nail removed over 4 weeks ago ive been soaking foot in salt water daily im type 1 diabetic since only march this year its still weeping yellow pus and i have what i can only say as nerve pain which can be painful im going to a walk in centre tomorrow to try to see a podiatrist to get some advice and hopefully help see what they say its really annoying does anyone know how long it takes to heal after permanently having my nail removed? thanks hugs

Jun 24, 2017
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Toe nail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I had both big toe nails removed, I was told not to soak them as they need to scab over, I was told to shower or bath with dressing on, then change the dressing. I would think that by soaking them it would keep the wound from being able to dry and scab over.

Jun 23, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Hi ive been to the doctors today been put on antibiotics im hoping they work its been over 4 weeks and im still in pain from a left big toe nail removed its still weeping yellow pus im soaking my foot everyday with salt water a few days ago i started trying essential oils tea tree,peppermint and lavender im hoping it works im a type 1 diabetic will let you know how i go on im hoping it works wish me luck good luck everyone in healing i know how painful it is it really gets you down hugs

Jun 23, 2017
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by: Anonymous

My partial toe nail is still weeping at 5 weeks but supposedly no infection. Soaking seems to make it worse.I have the itching too. Intense, unbearable itching. I did itch it and made it sore. I wipe it with a wet cotton wool pad and wipe Vaseline across the top. I'm still in sandals too. I never thought having a bit of toe nail removed could be such a pain in the backside.

Jun 22, 2017
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Infection. NEW
by: Sarah

I had 2 toenails completely removed permanently (big toe and 2nd toe) back in Jan this year (2017), I was off of work for 4 months due to infection, plus where I work in a restaurant you have to wear trainers which I couldn't do cos of the pain. I had already been on the waiting list a whole year for surgery on them! I so far haven't worn any shoes for over 8 months I live in summer sandals. I have just last Monday 12th June had my other foot done, exact same toes, but this time they only removed the sides of my big toe permanently and removed whole nail 2nd toe. The first week i was in a lot constant throbbing pain, but today my toes have been so itchy but stinging at the same time, redness around the toes but my doctor said its not an infection as my toe isn't red hot! They're leaking fluid through the meopore dressing as this is what my podiatrist has now been using, where as my 1st time round they were using menolin dressings which I find better as pus didn't leak through as much. Also 1st time round since healing my big toe has a massive lump of skin which I've been told won't go, so many people have laughed about this as it looks terrible.

Jun 16, 2017
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still in pain three weeks after toe nail removed NEW
by: Anonymous

Had my left big toe nail removed due to painful ingrowing nail over three weeks ago im still having nerve pain and its still weeping yellow pus could i have another infection ive already had two lots of antibiotics ive been soaking daily
in salt water and its not working its worse pain at night im not sleeping plus iam type 1 diabetic newly
diagnosed only in march this year can anyone help me been trying tea tree oil which im hoping will help


Jun 05, 2017
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Toe Nail Surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I was told by my podiatrist that just partial avulsion takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal so I'm guessing full nail removal takes longer. As stated in my last post I have phenol burn so I guess that increases healing time. 4 weeks isn't a long time and I wouldn't expect a dramatic difference for at least another 4. Keep up with pain relief and rest where possible as walking about can't help. Contact your podiatrist if you're concerned. Don't mess with it. Rest, sandals and painkillers.

Jun 04, 2017
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by: Anonymous

i have had 2 toe nails removed the big one and one next to it. It is now four weeks And I'm still in a lot of pain I just can't see an end to it. Can't concentrate on anything with the pain I do have type two diabetes which may be a factor

May 30, 2017
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Phenol burn/reaction NEW
by: Anonymous

I have an appointment tomorrow. I've been told it may be a chemical reaction (burn) has anyone experienced a phenol burn? Can it be sorted?

May 30, 2017
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To Anonymous May 29 2017 NEW
by: Anonymous

Go see a doctor asap. I have no idea what it is but it sounds bad. Best to be safe, wish you luck!

May 29, 2017
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Is my toe going to fall off? NEW
by: Anonymous

I had partial nail avulsion to my right big toe, both sides three weeks ago. Yesterday it felt like it was burning and itching across the top of the nail. All the skin has come away like a popped blister. It seems to be spreading and has a strange burning sensation. It is weeping at the tops and feels as though the weeping is burning my skin. It has gone very red and raw looking. There is no odour and further down towards the end of my toe looks very scabby but dry. I'm getting a little paranoid at the thought of my toe rotting away. Can anyone advise me please?

May 20, 2017
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Infection NEW
by: Eli

I recently had a nail biopsy which took more than half my toenail off. The first 48 hours were painful and I had to strictly take motrin to have a small relief. I changed the bandages after 48 hours and soaked in water/vinegar as per the instructions and applying the betadine. It had a small light yellowish drainage. The next day, it was more red around and skin felt tight on my toe area, the drainage inside was getting more yellow and expanding , I was still in sharp shooting pain, but I waited one more day and it was getting even more red, so doctor prescribed an antibiotic and also an antibiotic cream to deal with this. I am on day 6 and I don't have unbearable pain anymore, my feet are elevated almost throughout the entire day, but when I start to stand up and try to walk, I feel as if my foot starts throbbing and it actually starts turning red around the toes, doctor doesn't seem worried but it freaks me out. I am hoping to be able to walk before my daughters upcoming birthday but at this right I wish I didn't do it, completely underestimated this

May 09, 2017
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To since November post
by: Anonymous

Hello. Please let me know if your daughter manages to find any resolution. I had my "minor" op done on 11th January. I am suffering with the same red toe all around the nail and a fair amount of pain. Have seen 3 different drs and 2 private podiatrists. All seem to think it's ok but it's definitely not getting any better. Approaching 4 months I honestly thought this would have been over a long time ago. I had the other one removed over 3 years ago and that healed up perfectly within roughly 2-3 weeks. This one is unbelievably frustrating. Good luck.

May 02, 2017
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Since November
by: Anonymous

My daughter had an ingrown nail back in November of 2016. The ingrown was removed and immediately there was redness of the toe and pain that would not go away. He put her on Antibiotic #1 Keflex. Did nothing. She continued to soak in salt water. Took her back in December - he did an xray and everything looked good. just a small bone spur but nothing that should cause issues. Took her to another podiatrists in January closer to her college. He cleaned it out and said he did not know where the redness was coming from. February still no improvement - put her on antibiotic #2 Bactrim DS with no improvement. Took her back into his house in March and had him to remove entire nail. He applied chemical to one side only. The toe is more red now than it was and he put her back on Keflex. No improvement. She came home in April and I let her see another doctor in his practice. She said it could be a chemical reaction - told her to stop neosporin, do not let it air out and started her Bactrim again. A week later - it is worse. So he put her on Levequin. Took a picture this morning - it is still awful. Now he says to try vinegar soaks and if not better next week, it will result in a referral to Infectious Disease?

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Wow. Couple of thing:

1- could they swab the area? All these antibiotics.
2- hows her circulation
3- the bone spur might have been the issue to start with, they come up under the big toenail
4- also there is a thing called Reflex Sympathetic Dystophy where pain is exaggerated more than what it should.

Hope they are OK.

Apr 27, 2017
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So I'm not alone
by: Anonymous

Had ingrown toenail removed as well as partial nail excised. It will be a week tomorrow and still lots of pain and redness big time. I've been back for recheck twice and will see podiatrist tomorrow. Dr says it's reaction to the chemical used. I'm now on day 2 of antibiotics. Am hoping for the best but I need to go back to work and do a lot of other things so I hope relief is in sight soon. Hope I never have to do this again! Who knew one toe could cause so much trouble and how much a healthy toe is needed!!

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There is always aftercare once the procedure has been done- usually salt water bathing for 2mins then applying a dressing. It can be a little sore but shouldnt really hinder activities. Red hot swollen toes are common infection signs and usually require antibiotics. But if that toe is always open (no dressing after care) then there is a tendency to get reinfected.

Mar 31, 2017
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Toenail removal
by: Anonymous

day one had three toenails removed on one foot . Day 3 got new dressings applied. Started salt water soaks as the leaflet said by day 6 pain unbearable infection had set in gps prescribed antibiotics by the evening I headed to a& e as I had two track lines heading up my leg . Antibiotics double. Day 10 back for dressings changed my toes were black not red. Black . Doctor called in to check they were OK dreaded having bandages put back on as I could see if they were getting worse. Burning pain and unable to walk Rested with enough pain killer to ease . Day 14 new dressings to be applied toes looking healthier thank goodness still double the size and infected but no longer black day 17 new dressing applied still burning but able to walk much better . Three dressing changes booked for next week. Once healed I'm sure I'll be glad only need another three removed might wait a good while

Mar 28, 2017
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Drainage after surgery a month later
by: Anonymous

I had the side of my toenail permanently removed as well as some of the surrounding tissue. My podiatrist never mentioned anything about soaking it, even for the 2 week follow up appointment. Just to clean the wound well and wear a bandaid for the 2 weeks after my follow up appointment. He said I didny need to apply any kind of cream after the initial two weeks. Well it's been about a month since the surgery and there is still draining when I walk. I still have to wear a bandaid over it to wear socks and shoes to go to work, but time at home I leave it uncovered and there is still slight pus or drainage. Should I go back or is this normal?

Mar 26, 2017
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Try not to worry
by: Anonymous

I think what you're describing is still a normal part of the healing process. I had part of my nail removed and phenol applied to prevent regrowth 11 weeks ago. It is still not healed! Toe is very red and inflamed. If I wear shoes or drive it gets much worse too. I've seen 4 seperate podiatrists/drs and the initial surgeon who all still seem happy that my toe is ok and just healing. Its one of the most frustrating and depressing things I've been through! If you're unsure, definitley go get it checked out again, but seems like this can drag out for several months for some of us unlucky ones. Hang in there.

Mar 25, 2017
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Very slow healing
by: Anonymous

Had ingrown surgery on both second toes a month ago Soaked and applied triple antibiotic. I have been taking antibiotics for three weeks now They are both very blue with white skin next to the surgery. They do not smell nor are seeping any discharge other than tiny amount of blood on bandages They hurt at times about a 2 on a scale of 10. Should I worry? I have been back twice to the doctor and going again this Tuesday.

Mar 20, 2017
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infection after toenail removal surgery
by: munmi

i had my toe nail removalsurgery on 18th february 2017 . i was prescribed with antibiotics ,pain killer and anti fungal medicines.

post surgery i was going to change my bandage regularly as per the doctor'sinstruction. i was not so comfortablewith the bandage after few days as each time they open it i see the whole area turned green . the doctor has changed somemedicines and i was carefully following it.on 14th march 2017 i went to another doctor as i saw no sign of healing and this doctor toldme that i needto go through another surgical procedure as he suspected a piece of my mail was still there. well i did one moresurgery to clean out the area and took that piece of nail . its 21march 2017 and still i see no sign of healing.i amtakinf anti fungaland antibiotics.

Mar 20, 2017
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Elevation?
by: Anne

How often are you elevating your foot? You should be doing so as much as possible- that will help with throbbing, and pain.

Did the MD/RN give you anything for pain?

Mar 20, 2017
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Toenail surgery in agony
by: Anonymous

Had my toe nails removed last Wednesday 3 in total
Back to the clinic on Friday for new dressings I thought it looked a bit swollen .
Told to follow the leaflet Which I did to the letter. Added salt to the water by this morning in so much pain I can't even put my foot down . Go sent me to practice nurse who has dressed wound confirmed infection and prescribed antibiotics pain is getting much worse I have never felt pain like it

Mar 09, 2017
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Surgery one week ago
by: DAN

This is my second nail removal, other toe infected very bad but is now healed nicely. This now I am putting antibiotic cream on it twice a day. It's trobbing like mad, anyone have info on this?? Is the trobbing normal??

Mar 06, 2017
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Redness
by: Anne

In general I heal fairly slowly, it's rather annoying really. So while I had my nail permanently removed on 11-6-16, it's still healing, but doesn't hurt anymore and isn't red.

The redness subsided faster when I was consistent about soaking it and keeping my foot elevated as often as possible.

Mar 06, 2017
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Toe still swollen and red
by: Anonymous

Thank you very much. I may well give that a try as to be honest I have noticed a bit of a fungal build up on my nail the past few weeks.
Did it also take you a number of weeks for the redness to subside?
I think I was very lucky with my op the first time round. Looks as though it's turning out to be a much slower healing process this time.

Mar 06, 2017
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Well My surgeon...
by: Anne

My toe doc recommended soaking for 20 minutes twice daily in warm water (3 cups) per 1/4 cup white vinegar. (in order to get full foot coverage I usually used 6 cups warm water, 1/2 cup vinegar) According to him the white vinegar helps to prevent infection and fungus. Salt just dries the wound.

Take it as you will. I've done both since my former toe doc recommended warm water and Epsom salt. I have to say that I did better with the vinegar and water. Oh, and elevate your foot as much as possible.

Your mileage may vary, and I'm not a medical professional.


Mar 06, 2017
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Still red and swollen.
by: Anonymous

Have been soaking it once daily in cooled boiled water with salt added as advised by my surgeon.

Mar 06, 2017
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Soaking?
by: Anonymous

Are you soaking your foot at all? What are you soaking with, using to clean the wound?

Mar 06, 2017
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Still Red and swollen!
by: Anonymous

Had the minor surgery 9 weeks ago today to remove the side of my big toe nail. The wound looks to have healed but my toe is still really red/purple around the nail bed and slight swelling. Have had it checked out and both dr and surgeon say there is no infection and seem happy with it. Just wondered how long others had to wait for that to dissapear? Had the same procedure on the other foot a few years ago and that healed really quick. This one is really frustrating!

Mar 05, 2017
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Toe nail removal hurts like hell
by: Anonymous

Oh and since I had this do I have had 4 teeth pulled and a small lump cut out from inside my arm pit no pain on either one of them just the toe hurts worst now then when I went in

Mar 05, 2017
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Toe nail removal hurts like hell
by: Anonymous

I have saver nerve damage do to clogged artery in my left leg and about 20 surgeries so far on it but I had the side cut off my left big toe 4 weeks ago hurts like hell unbearable pain went back the next week after the procedure had the puse and crap coming out he said stop smoking and put iodine on it and cover did that went back last week he said oh it's infected so on antibiotics pain has not let up at all sucks to put socks on shoes would be nice to wear but hurts to get my foot into I will never do this again I just want it to end cuz it hurts so bad all my legs shit didn't hurt this bad ever just unreal pain but my wife had hers done back to work the next day she had a little pain for about a week and she was golden pain free

Jan 23, 2017
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red bumpy cuticle growth after surgery and peeling
by: Anonymous

I had an ingrown toenail removed. The part of the nail left became cracky and tinted yellowish. A nail started to grow back, but in chunks that stuck out and hurt, so i peeled some of it off, leaving only a really thick cuticle that raised above the skin a lot and was very hard. Do you think my nail could grow back, or will it look like this forever now?

Jan 22, 2017
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Toenail infection
by: Anonymous

Had my big toe toenail removed in both my feet 18 days ago.
On the end of first week it started to have yellow discharge, pain around it, reddish and darker looking skin.
Went to doctor and was put on antibiotics which have just finished.
Still with yellow discharge, pain on the surrounding area and different skin tone.
Don't know what else to do

Jan 20, 2017
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Pain after two days?
by: Anne

If your toenail was removed only 2 days ago, than yes, I would say some pain is normal. Are you keeping it elevated as much as possible? That's what I was advised to do.

Jan 19, 2017
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Toenail pain
by: Anonymous

Had my toenail removed 2 days ago and it is painful is this normal

Jan 16, 2017
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Doctor's Opinions
by: Anne

Seeing a lot of talk of Epsom Salts... I had my right big toe nail permanently removed on 11-8-16, and I asked my podiatrist about Epsom Salts. His opnion is that all they really do is dry out the wound and maybe help with swelling. He said for my to not use them.

I was to instead do evening soaks with 1/4 cup white vinegar and 3 cups warm (NOT HOT - per the instructions. ;) ) water. I double it due to the size of the basin I use for soaking. It worked really well post procedure. My MD said the vinegar would be much more helpful at preventing infection than epsom salts. In the AM I was to use antibiotic cream along the cuticle, and cover. All this until it stopped seeping - then he wanted me to leave it fully open.

My toe seems to be healing okay, just a lot slower than I would like. Of course, I'm not fully following directions, I keep a bandaid on it while I'm wearing shoes, and loose gauze at night. Doc would prefer totally uncovered. I'm also getting nervous that all these weeks later I've gotten lax in my toe care and it seems to be getting infected. Back to soaks and ointment!

Mostly I just wanted to get the vinegar soak information out. And remember that I'm not the only one going through all this!

Nov 23, 2016
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Ingrown toenail removal
by: Anonymous

Had my surgery on my big toe on 31st October 2016,had 2 injections the whole process took exactly 3 minutes 56 seconds I know this because the nurse was timing it,had to go back next day have dressing changed its now 3 weeks later ive had no pain just a slight burning sensation,haven't taken any pain killers,it's still not healed properly still looks like infection is there but had it checked and it's not it's just the phenol,been soaking everyday in 2 pints water with 3 tbsp salt,I was dreading this procedure but do glad I had it done now,the worst part for me was the injection I between my toes after that it's been great.

Nov 21, 2016
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to anonymous with staph infection
by: Anonymous

Ask your Dr to check you for MRSA. I had to have toe amputated d/t MRSA that entered the bone and caused osteomyelitis which killed the bone. Don't mess around. My Right toe permanent toenail removal looks terrible after 6 or 7 weeks and my amputation hasn't stopped hurting. I can't wear shoes either. Remember ask your Dr if any signs of infection.

Nov 21, 2016
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to anonymous with staph infection
by: Anonymous

Ask your Dr to check you for MRSA. I had to have toe amputated d/t MRSA that entered the bone and caused osteomyelitis which killed the bone. Don't mess around. My Right toe permanent toenail removal looks terrible after 6 or 7 weeks and my amputation hasn't stopped hurting. I can't wear shoes either. Remember ask your Dr if any signs of infection.

Nov 11, 2016
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infection
by: angela

after a month of looking after my right toe meticulously as to instructions but its now infected, it has a hard crust at the tip but weeping at the base. im now a week in with the antibiotics and seems a little better but still cant ware any full shoes and my feet are freezing since it the beginning of november. im hoping that it will be worth it

Nov 06, 2016
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6 weeks and still not recovered
by: Anonymous

I have done partial nail removal. 6 weeks and wound had healed 80%. Still tender though. My question was why I m still in pain after standing for 10 minutes? My ankle starts hurting. And my back starts hurting too. Is it because of limping? Or is it possible that there might be still infection ? There is no redness or swelling.
thanks

Nov 01, 2016
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STILL INFECTED!!!!
by: Anonymous

One month after my chemical matrixectomy, still in pain and very infected. Was healing nicely until our dog stepped on it a couple of weeks ago. Now on Keflex and soaking in warm Epsom salt soak. Agonizing. If you ever have this procedure done, ask your podiatrist for a prophylactic antibiotic the day of your procedure! I have been through every pain under the sun at age 54 - This is definitely the most agonizing pain EVER!

Oct 30, 2016
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Septic toes
by: Anonymous

I had both my both toes toenails removed and its not healing at all its been three works now and still nothing its just getting worse cause it discharging and my skin around the toe has gone black and spreading I have been on antibiotics but still nothing has change ayy its really bad

Sep 23, 2016
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Hospital
by: Anonymous

Just curious i had my right toenail removed years ago 3 times and all three times was painful but not to bad! But just recently i had my left toenail removed and was told i have a staph infection now! I have started on an antibiotic called bactrim but im jyst curious if anyone has ever needed to be hospitalized for this!

Jul 17, 2016
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My bilateral toenail removal
by: Anonymous

I had my first one removed April 15th, 2016 and that one healed nicely, did dressings on it for the first 2 days then stopped using dressings and just for sandals to let it air out and dry up. Pain wasn't bad, Doctor gave me norco for the pain but I didn't take it, ended up just taking some aleve and that covered the pain enough. Now on the 17th of July that nail has healed up mostly and now my other toe nail was removed on 8 July and seems to be in a lot more pain and hasn't healed as well.

Jul 12, 2016
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how much longer
by: Jackie

Had my left big toenail removed with the chemical burn used as well on the 24th of may, and still having problems,been on two courses of anti-biotics one for mrsa that was found when a swab was taken a few weeks ago, had all the nose ointment body &hair wash lotion to decolonize me, having twice weekly trips to see the nurse still and yesterday she has told me it looks like i have a bit of a infection in my wound, trying a dry dressing on it to totally dry it out and then sseing how it is in 48 hours if no better then another swab to be done, i have been so hygenic when changing my dressings etc, she said its just taking its time to heal, i must admit its alot better than it was at the begininnig, pain was indescriable but all you folk on here will already know this, reading all your comments on here has helped as i know what i am going through is probably part of it... but like many people have said more awareness needs to be explained to what is actually involved in this minor (as they call it)sugery, never ever again, its 7 weeks today and i still cant wear my shoes, thank god for velcro sandals

Jun 19, 2016
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This worked for me
by: JoAnna

I am a diabetic too. I had the same symptoms all are having too. I finally used Melaluka Oil from DoTerra Company it has healing properties. It started healing right away. I do not sell it and this is not an advertisement for this product, all i know is that it work and healed quickly, my podiatrist was amazed! I had both toes nails removed on March 8 and they were completely healed by May 9th when I saw my doctor again for my follow up appt. If you search facebook you can find someone that sells it near you. They look sooo good now, i can even polish them now too. I just put drops on each toe and swabbed all around then put bandaids on them. I stopped soaking them after a month and cleaned them with hydrogen peroxide each day.

Jun 19, 2016
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Why isn't my toes getting better?
by: Kimberly

In April 2016, I had both my big toenails removed! I am still having problems with them ever since! I am still soaking them in Epsom salt baths, sometimes my left toe has been looking kinda strange (almost like it's not getting oxygen)
I soaked it last night before bed! Woke up this morning in a lot of pain. It does not look good, it has that yellow stuff and gook that seeps in and gets thick stuff, than I started noticing this grayish area around it! I am getting pretty nervous about what might be going on! I would also like to say that I am a diabetic! Please can someone tell me what I should do!

May 31, 2016
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DYING
by: Anonymous

I literally just had ingrown toenail removal surgery, I was so nervous, I had 3 huge injections in my toe to numb it but after that the rest of the procedure was a piece of cake, I got a bit concerned because he started digging away at my toe with a nail filer, filing it back but being extremely rough and I think that is why my after surgery pain is so FUCKING bad I am laying here right now the anaesthetic wore off about 2 hours ago I am screaming crying and sweating I am normally good with pain, I have 8 stitches in my toe it's bleeding through my bandage my whole toe is throbbing like it's being hit with a hammer every 5 seconds. I am even considering going to the hospital because I've been vomiting from the pain, and considering I have such a high pain tolerance this is messed up. 100% would never wanna go through this again!

May 05, 2016
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Please Assist!
by: Anonymous

Had my big toenail removed 2 days ago. I cannot tell you how excruciating the pain became after the numbing injections wore off! Then, I had to soak in warm water with Epsom salt! OmG! Hurt so bad, I was shaking, sweating, crying, screaming! But I left my foot in the water the whole 10 minutes! Oh! And when I take the bandage off, that's terrible, too!
Anyway, my question is.... Do I leave my toe uncovered tonight without any bacitracin, to let it dry out? The instructions say not to bandage it at night from now on, but say nothing about whether or not to put the ointment on it.
Please assist. I want to take care of this the right way bc I definitely don't want more problems. This is just awful and so upsetting. :(
Thank you.

Apr 19, 2016
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Melaluka Oil/Tea Tree Oil
by: Anonymous

I also put Melaluka oil on my toes, then the antibiotic ointment and placed a bandaid over them. They are healing really fast now. Before that they were starting to get infected. I use melaluka on other cuts for healing and decided to try it on my toes. I buy the DoTerra oils they are very potent. I had my surgery on 03/08/16 and they are almost completely healed!

Apr 19, 2016
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Melaluka Oil/Tea Tree Oil
by: Anonymous

I also put Melaluka oil on my toes, then the antibiotic ointment and placed a bandaid over them. They are healing really fast now. Before that they were starting to get infected. I use melaluka on other cuts for healing and decided to try it on my toes. I buy the DoTerra oils they are very potent. I had my surgery on 03/08/16 and they are almost completely healed!

Apr 19, 2016
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Melaluka Oil/Tea Tree Oil
by: Anonymous

I also put Melaluka oil on my toes, then the antibiotic ointment and placed a bandaid over them. They are healing really fast now. Before that they were starting to get infected. I use melaluka on other cuts for healing and decided to try it on my toes. I buy the DoTerra oils they are very potent. I had my surgery on 03/08/16 and they are almost completely healed!

Apr 18, 2016
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Agony after infection
by: Anonymous

Had surgery for permenant removal of both ingrown toenails late march 16. Developed staph infection on both, was sooooo careful with regular dressing and everything being done by a nurse. The pain due to infection is so intence am unable to put my foot down after few weeks. Am on Flucloxacillin 1gram 4 times a day with tremadol leading to loads of side effects. All new patienta pls use iodine non sticky dressing from day 1 with mepilex border lite or whatever make padded dressing. You can get these in uk pharmacy. Infection got so bad had to have 2nd surgery to clean / scrape the top layer off. Surgeons and gp told me, i still have few weeks for recovery. In-hind sight removing the nails was the worst decision.

Apr 05, 2016
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Gotta have faith
by: Beverly

Hopefully if you didn't have any problems before, I would think that you wouldn't have any problems this time. At least that's what we should hope for. Positive thinking. Also it sounds like you did a good job taking care of your toe afterward the last time so I would recommend doing the same thing this time unless your doctor tells you different. I am not a doctor so I can't tell you what is best. Everyone reacts differently I think. My toe is finally starting to heal after a month of complete toenail removal. No more swelling and pain. Just sensitive where my nail was as it is growing new tough skin. Good luck to you and God bless you.

Mar 24, 2016
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my experience with partial and entire toenail removal
by: Anonymous

I had my right toenail removed exactly a year ago. The procedure was pretty much painless. But unfortunately it still grew back ingrown. Today I had the sides partially removed (permanently). I just hope the healing of this procedure is as easy as the entire toenail remival. I soaked it everyday for 10 minutes in cooled down water with (Epson salt) that I boiled to kill any germs, cleaned off the old antibiotic with a cotton swab, let it air dry never letting my foot touch the floor then applied the antibiotic cream (Silva dine) then put on a clean dressing. I went to work that night but had to wear an open toe sandal. After about the 4th day I could wear my shoes. The only time I had pain was after my toe got its feeling back soon after the removal. Then it throbbed relentlessly for a couple hours. But I had to go to work and fortunately it ended up letting up on the pain. I am a bartender and I am constantly moving. Reading all your horrifying comments about your experiences makes me worry this time it want be as easy!

Mar 16, 2016
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Pain!
by: Beverly

I had my toenail removed three weeks ago. I am on my second antibiotic now. It no longer looked infected when my doctor put me on the second antibiotic. The problem is that my toe is swelling and painful. I can't bend it or put pressure on it when I walk. I also can't bend it. When I am on my feet it turns red and swells more and thumps with pain. It also has a strange feeling like there is a rubber band tied around the bottom of it. Nail bed is getting better. It is growing tough skin but still very tender. My toe just hurts from the top knuckle up! I talked to the nurse at my doctors office today and told her about it and she said I needed to see the doctor but they don't have any appointments for 13 more days! I can't stand it! Why would my toe be doing this when the nail is healing with no infection? So glad to know I'm not alone in this. No one around me understands the pain. Sorry that all of y'all that are having pain. Hope you all get well soon.

Mar 14, 2016
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It does get better
by: Anonymous

Not a doctor, but it sounds infected. Mine got infected and felt like it was going to pop when I put weight on it. I took antibiotics and healing started in 2 days and felt great. I was getting pretty down about being off my feet. Felt like I would never get better. What a difference the meds made! Also, although it wasnt in my treatment plan, I bought a hydrogel wound dressing. Don't know if Im allowed to give specific product names but it was a gel made in AMERIca. ;) It worked wonders. My doc said it looked great at my checkup. I looked on the internet for alternatives to soaking because the salt burned like fire! Thats when I found the gel. My advice, don't give up. It does get better. They removed my nail and the shots didn't work! Ugh.. I was given no specific instructions except on the day of the removal. I said, " I read you have to keep your feet up for a day or two." Doc said, "I wouldn't go shopping at the mall, but no big deal. No biggie. You'll be fine, normal routine." Right. So I didn't bother asking about the gel. I just did it. Im a rebel like that. LOL

Mar 13, 2016
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infection or healing?
by: Anonymous

Had both of my big toe nails removed on March 8th 2016. They were feeling ok, the right hurt more than the left but it is starting to heal and it isn't sore any more when I put weight on it. I thought the left one was doing fine but two nights ago it hurt so bad that I took a soma and an ibuprofen just to go to sleep. It is now very red and swollen on the skin below where the nail begins and where the cuticle is. Not sure of its the phenol they used causing that (but my right foot is fine) or it's infected. I've been soaking and putting the antibiotic ointment on it as perscribed as well. It feels like the rubber band the podiatrist put on my toe during the procedure is still on my toe. It isn't warm to the touch so I'm hoping it's healing and not infected! Any thoughts?

Mar 11, 2016
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Right big nail removal
by: Anonymous

I had my right big toe nail removed and never had a problem. Took about 15 minutes counting dressing and was out the door no pain at all. I left dressing on 2 days then then soaked it off then soaked whole foot 20 minutes in warm eoson salt then iodine did that twice a day for 3 days then started cleaning with iodinebwhile showering dressing off after it was wet soaked twice a day for 3 more days then back to Dr to check. Got clean bill of health continued the iodine and soaking twice a day for 3 more days to be on safe side and was done with soaking. This was last September 2015 and as of today just a little spot of scab left but I can do everything as good now as before the ingrown nail started. I am so glad I had this done no more pain and 1 less nail to cut hahaha. Good luck to all and don't get discouraged. It only gets better just soak good iodine wrap and keep clean trust me you will get past the soaking and iodine and wrapping and will be glad you had it done. Also summer is good time to have done for the wearing of flip flops when you go out some where.

Mar 10, 2016
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Agony
by: Anonymous

Had an infrowing toe nail for just over 4 years & stupidly (yes I know I left it) u couldn't see it was ingrowing up it was, it was so swollen nearly double the size of my other big toe, red looked raw like it had been scolded & it started to smell puss seeping out of it, I had to on 6 courses of antibiotics & the infection was still there in the end my GP just had to remove it was only Ment to remove part. OH MY F**king god the injection was agony never felt pain like it & I have had endless major operations, the toe didn't get numb enough so was in a lot of pain the whole time 😩😢 in the end the whole nail had to be removed, the doc dressed it & said to come bk after 7 days not to change the dressing or get it wet :( after 2 days stuff had soaked through it & my toe stunk it was embarrassing everyone could smell it even With socks/shoes on. Back to GP nurse changed dressing & put some iodine on it said leave it on for 3 days come bk and I will look at it same happened again 2 days later it was stinking even worse thick puss not only coming out the end of the toe but now 3 small holes on top of the toe & as soon as dressing comes off puss all runs out :( this has now been going on for just over 4 weeks, I bath it a few times a day dressing change 3 times a day it's still red raw. I hope I never have to have this op again. Worst ever 😡

Mar 10, 2016
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8 weeks on
by: Anonymous

I had both my big toenails permanently removed 8 weeks ago, and even though the pain and stinging has subsided, there is still white stuff on them and got told to leave the dressing pads on, dry ones, until next week when I go to get checked. Not infected she said but to leave the pads on, after using some iodine soaked gauze on previously, which gets rid of the white gunk. But when told to stop using it and just put on softpore pads, the white stuff returns. I feel like I need to leave dressings off to dry them out but they said no. After 8 weeks, its getting a bit depressing...

Mar 09, 2016
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my dress is stack in the skin
by: Anonymous

I have my toe nail remove two days ago the dress they let in the skin is stack i done everything i couldn't remove what can i do DR

Feb 24, 2016
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you're kidding me
by: Anonymous

Had a nail removed on my big toe 5 days ago. Pod said I'd be back to normal in a couple weeks. No way is that happening. I'm supposed to soak 20 minutes but it burns so bad I can hardly do 4 minutes. Any suggestions? I did use Epsom salt.

Feb 07, 2016
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Confused?!
by: Michelle

I had both my big toenails removed on the 18th of December 2015,I have done everything that I was told to do....I done absolutely nothing for the first 3 days....kept my feet elevated.....changed my dressings every other day.....kept them free from getting wet when I took a shower.....bathed them in salt water for 5 minutes......and so on......2 weeks ago they had an infection in them and so I took a (1 weeks course) of antibiotics....then a week after they still didn't look great and so back to the Dr I went,he took a swab and sent them off and I had an antibiotic cream to put on them,the swab came back clear of infection.....hooray!! Until Wednesday of last week when they started to look bad again,on Friday I went back to see the nurse who wasn't happy with them and so I have another course of antibiotics to take but I'm in such a lot of pain now ......burning sensation and as if someone has tied an elastic band around my toes and every now and then keeps on pulling the band tight?! I am so fed up with it all now.....any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!!

Jan 27, 2016
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Have Had All My Toe nails Removed
by: Anonymous

I had the nail removed from my big toe on the right side almost 7 wks ago and the other nine was removed on xmas eve 2015 so it's been 4 wks for them. Believe me when I say I wish I knew the complication that could come from it.. my toes seem to be healing very slow. The first big toe is almost healed and not so bad but the other nine have formed infection and draining with a burning/stinging sensation in the area of where the cuticle is. I know this is not normal for me to be still having pain so I had told my doctor I was having problems with it. He put me on an antibiotic and told me to stop soaking and not do anything special to them, just put on a bandage and take the oral med he had gave me. It's been a week now and I am still having this burning/stinging Feeling. I missed a lot of work due to this. It's hard for me to stand on my feet for 8 full hours without them starting to throb and sting. I really wish I would of known it took so long to heal. My doctor told me I would be good to even go back to my normal shoes in 2 weeks. What a joke! I'm so mad about all this I want to cry!

Jan 20, 2016
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so underestimated in severity
by: Anonymous

I had my left big toe nail removed on 17th December. It took 35 minutes to lift. The pod struggled relentlessly, eventually managed, bandaged me up suggesting I come back the next day. Since them I have had 2 courses of pencillin , 8 visits to walk in clinic and now attend twice weekly practice nurse. The pain which has got less in duration but not in severity still hits when I least expect. I wear open toed sandals with socks which this time of the year look crazy. Within hours of my new bandage it bleeds. I cannot believe this procedure is so under rated in the problems you can experience. Also the differences of opinions of how to manage it ie salt soak or keep try is frustrating. For pods to say you can carry on driving, working etc the next day is ludicrous.
I get frequent nerve type pain too which does seem to succomb to painkillers. Reading articles here I see I am not alone and some worse than me but oh how it needs to be known, toenail removal is no bed of roses.

Dec 30, 2015
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gone wrong
by: Anonymous

I had both my big toenails supposedly permanently removed after 3 tried of tying to cut the ingrown nails and i had enough pain so the doctor decided to permenatly remove them most horrific pain ever for the injection then didnt feel anything during the procedure then throbbing for a couple of days then was all fine untill both nails that weren't supposed to grow back have grown back worse and more ingrown then ever before so i have to go back to the doctor and have them done again not looking forward to it at all lets hope 5th time lucky

Dec 21, 2015
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Toe nail grew back
by: gunnyb

First post 6 Nov all was good until... I had the second toenail removed 2 wks after the first one and it has healed perfectly. The one on my right foot is the problem seems like the ingrown toenail grew back she went in and cut it out and put some kind of chemical in it that is suppose to keep it from growing back hope it works. The toe is painful from time to time since I still walk 3-4 miles a day wearing a wide shoe hoping not to damage it. Had to go back to open toe shoes really sucks..

Dec 21, 2015
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Wish I had never done it!
by: Anonymous

Make sure your podiatrist fully explains the possible consequences if things go south!!!! I had a complete removal of one toe nail. It was OK for a few days (I followed advice--soaking with a little Biotine and and Carestat with a dressing afterwards). Then all hell broke loose. The toe was bright red to the base and oozing and bleeding. Lucky me--an infection. I am now in my 7th week and 5th week of Augmentin. It looks a little better only. I do not like taking all these antibiotics 3 x a day, and I have soaked my toe more times than I want to count. It hurts often. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas have been ruined. Even wearing a sock hurts--could not get near a shoe. Of course, when I watch the 6 o'clock news I feel guilty about feeling sorry for myself. BUT, I feel that I should have been given more info about risks. I would not have had it done, at least not at this time of year.

Nov 29, 2015
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Toes
by: Sky2015

After suffering theist unimaginable pain for the best part of 12 weeks - I just want to give hope and let others know there is light at the end of tunnel 😀 4 months on from having both big toenails removed- I am able to wear shoes and furry boots.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙋🏾🙋🏾✨

Nov 27, 2015
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Just wondering
by: Ivette

I had partial toenail removal on my big toe back in July. It was all good and I felt much relief, but a few days ago I noticed my toe was looking bruised and swollen, then puss started coming out, I've been soaking it on warm water with epson salt I also cleanse it with hydrogen peroxide and I apply triple antibiotic but it seems to be getting worse so even though I don't want to go through the procedure again I was thinking of maybe having my whole toenail removed and permanately. At my job I have to use safety shoes and I think since I already have this issue it will continue to bother me. So I was wondering would that be the best option to have it all removed? I live in an island I wear sandals a lot wouldn't like to be missing a toenail, is there better options? Or am I doing something wrong?

Nov 18, 2015
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Complete toe removal
by: Anonymous

I had complete toenail removal and permanent removal application on my two big toes 2 weeks ago I have been attending nurse twice a week due to my nails leaking swab was taken and came back clear can only wear a sandal as cannot get shoes on toes feel really swollen and sore all around toes don't think I'll ever be able to wear shoes again

Nov 06, 2015
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Ingrown toenail
by: gunnyb

I had two removed not the entire toenail thank god was painful for a few minutes. Came home and did daily foot soaks with epson salt twice a day; told to keep them clean and dry and so far so good no infection or unusual draining. They are healing very well according to my doc my only concern is my skin around the toes is darker she said my skin should come back to its normal color after a while but it would take time. Anyone else have this problem with skin discoloration

Oct 04, 2015
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Keep wound dry and clean
by: Anonymous

Still stand by nothing but saline solution for a quick bathe (to keep wound clean) and keep it dry and in clean dressing for the rest of the time. That's all you need, salt, boiled water, clean bowl and dressings. No fancy ointments or sprays needed. Keep it dry and let your body heal itself in its own time. Infection can still occur, you can get unlucky, germs can be in the air, but if you feel pain, heat and your toe swells then get prompt attention and antibiotics will be prescribed. The advice I was given by surgeon was daily change of dressing after soaking dressing in the shower, soak in saline solution, air dry and then straight into new dressing. The advice to keep wound dry is best advice given. Putting solutions on will keep the wound wet and that is not good. Saline isn't just good for drawing out infection, that is incorrect. It keeps infection away and aids healing. Ask a nurse if you don't believe me.

Oct 04, 2015
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No right or wrong way
by: Anonymous

Apart from keeping it clean I don't think anyone has the definitive answer. I had a partial toenail removal in January, was advised by the podiatrist who did it to bathe it in saline every other day and apply a new dressing. Never had any pain. At my two week follow-up the next pod told me I was holding up my healing and it should be kept dry. She advised me to use a dry iodine spray. Which worked? Couldn't say.

Ten days ago I had the other foot done, soaked in saline after my two day follow-up where a third pod told me that saline was only useful for drawing infection, and drying the wound out was the objective. Seemed fine so kept it dry and replaced dressings religiously. Today my toe is swollen, red, oozing, needling sensations in the nail bed with a background ache. Infected? I don't know. It doesn't look too clever.

My point is that they all disagree with each other so there seems to be no righty or wrong way. Maybe there are microscopic antigens in the air and it's a question of our underlying health and good or bad luck.

Oct 03, 2015
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Hospital told me top tip
by: Anonymous

My surgeon told me to not ask my podiatrist or a nurse or a doctor about my toe. She told me that she knew best and she is the specialist. She does toenail removal all day long seven days a week. The advice given by your surgeon should be the advice you take. I went to my doc about a different thing and he asked if he could see my toe. I asked him if he was going to redress it and he backed off. I showed him a photo showing the gory oozings and he said he thought I was very brave and that it looked very sore. Actually it was looking great and it was not sore at all. My GP bless him, hadn't a clue about toe surgery. I might have to have my other big toenail done one day and I will do the same care routine again.

Oct 03, 2015
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Steph, trying to help
by: Anonymous

Steph, I have read some horror stories where things have gone wrong. People being told never to get toe wet AT ALL, bring told everything will be ok after just three weeks! All sorts of chemicals being put on toes. I followed advice to the letter, every day for weeks on end and never had any pain at all, no redness, no heat, just wanted to pass on my experience.

Oct 03, 2015
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I thought we were sharing experiences not giving our own medical opinion.
by: Steph

I'm not a doctor and I presume none of you are either. I did get a leaflet from the hospital but I also got advice from the podiatrist and my local nurse. The podiatrist told me to use an antiseptic cream to stop the wound drying out, my nurse told me to stop. I didn't ever touch the wounded area with my fingers but used a cotton bud. Half the problem is everyone gets given different advice by different people. Mine is healing nicely so I can't of done that much wrong!!

Oct 02, 2015
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Confusion
by: Anonymous

Did you people not get a typed care instruction sheet? YES keep wound and dressing DRY. BUT you need to CLEAN toe without touching it or using harsh products. Take a shower leaving dressing ON and don't have water too hot. As soon as you are dry and out of shower take dressing off and soak toe in pre-boiled and cooled waster that you have added salt to (thus making it saline). Air dry toe making sure you don't touch it or put foot on the floor. Apply dressing. Keep it clean and dry for next 24 hours and then repeat. DO NOT put ANYTHING on wound. NO germolene etc. WORKS!

Oct 02, 2015
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I followed NHS instructions. Bathe wound DAILY
by: Anonymous

I was told to leave the dressing on when taking a shower as it would assist to take the dressing off without tugging the wound. I used unscented soap products, then a saline soak. Table salt NOT epsom (epsom is not the same as salt). I heed beautifully with no probs. Salt heals which is why we are told to bathe in it to heal childbirth wounds. It is also why we kiss our children's wounds as there is salt in saliva. Salt is good and it is VERY cheap at 35p for unbranded tub.

Oct 02, 2015
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Shower OK
by: Anonymous

I was told to leave the dressing on when taking a shower as it would assist to tKe the dressing off without tugging the wound. I scented soap products, then a saline soak. Table salt NOT epsom (epsom is not the same as salt). I heed beautifully with no probs.

Oct 02, 2015
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Detol
by: Anonymous

I had surgery done on a Friday and the bandaging was changed on the following Monday by my doctor and I left that bandaged for three more days then on the fourth day following I started the foot soak. I did it once a day up until just a week ago and it healed well and was extremely clean. The doctors recommend epson salt soak but infection is still a possibility with Detol it is not.

Oct 02, 2015
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Clean
by: Anonymous

You say you changed your dressing every day after a shower i have been specifically told not to get it wet because of risk of infection i have hung my leg out of the bath instead but still got yhe dressing slightly wet the nurse noticed this she said i need to be carefull incase of inffection.

Oct 02, 2015
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Keep toe dry
by: Anonymous

I started daily bathing in saline solution followed by air drying toe after my initial visit to hospital within 48 hours of surgery to have demonstration of what I needed to do every day when changing the dressing. The rest of the time toe should be kept dry and clean in its dressing.

Oct 02, 2015
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Keeping clean
by: Anonymous

Hi irene how soon after toe nail surgury did you start to soak it because the nurse has told me i have to keep it dry i had surgury 8 days ago thanks in advance

Oct 02, 2015
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Yellow red or brown gunk is NORMAL
by: Anonymous

It takes about 6 to 12 weeks to have your toe get back to normal after total removal. Hot, red and swollen is not good, but your toe looking like an alien due to reaction to acid is perfectly OK. Just use boiled and cooked water with some salt added (saline solution is the result) and stop overindulging with other products and the toe should just get better all by itself. The more you mess, the higher the chance of infection. I changed my dressing every day after my shower. Did not take a bath, soaking for a long time in unsterile water is not good.

Oct 02, 2015
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keeping it clean
by: Irene

The very best after toe surgery is soaking in dettol added to water. I put enough water to cover the top of my toe and add a full capful of detol. It is much better to guard against infection than anything else, in fact at one time that was all that was used in hospitals to prevent infections of all kinds. Good luck.

Oct 02, 2015
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Work
by: Anonymous

Hi i have had toe nail surgury 4 times now the last time being full toe nail removal and was signed of work for 2 weeks every time but having a different doc he was unsure weather he should sign me off for that length of time. I do work in a dirty enviroment with steel toe cap boots. I have been to the nurse today to have my dressing changed she has told me i will have to keep it clean when i return to work in a weeks time. Any advice ppl on how i can keep it cleaner thanks in advance.

Oct 01, 2015
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You scare me!
by: Anonymous

I am reading about soaking toes in iodine for 20 minutes and using germolene! STOP! Salt water (just standard table salt) for TWO MINUTES after shower (soaked my toe in a bowl) air dry with foot up on a stool DO NOT TOUCH TOE AT ALL - E V E R! I had my left big toe nail removed on June 8th 2015 and it was all healed by Aug 25th. No infection. Used the dressings hosp gave me, just simple sterile pad and tubular bandage. Used perfume free hair and shower products.

Oct 01, 2015
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feeling lucky
by: steph

I had both big toe nails partially and permanently removed 7 weeks ago. Both sides of each big toe was removed as they were ingrown and had been causing me pain for a good few years. After the second infection from the ingrown toes I asked to be referred to podiatrist. Admittedly the injections were excruciating to say the least but the rest I didn't feel a thing. I took painkillers for 24 hours after but stopped because I wasn't in any pain to speak of. I had a softpore surgical dressing (like a large plaster) to put on my toe and a tubular bandage over the top of that. I used germolene (an antiseptic cream) on the bits that were removed for the first two weeks, my nurse commented on how good my toes were healing and then went mad because I used this stuff (go figure!!!) I kept my toes bandaged all the time unless having a bath and changed dressings every day. The nurse said I could be wearing dressings for up to 10 weeks but my dressings were clean for the first time yesterday (no yellow gunk and scabs have formed) so off came the dressings!! My toes look bloody awful as the leftover toenail is yellow but I guess that will grow out over time. I still can't wear most of my shoes but I'm hoping it will be worth it in the long run. For me I have no regrets yet so I feel for those of you that have had such a hard time.

Sep 28, 2015
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Right big nail removal
by: Anonymous

I had my right big toenail permanently removed 2 weeks ago on 9/7/15 and have taken a weeks of antibiotics plus soaking for 15to20 minutes every day with some drops on nail bed then rewraping afterwards. Well 4 days ago I noticed about 1/4 of the width all the way to the tip is black while the rest looks like scab but not sure. Also it's red all the way around the edge. I don't see how it could be infected as I soaked in povidone iodine. It's very tender until I have wiped the edges with a warm cloth but still hurts very badly to put a shoe on. Dr wants to do other big toe but not going that route as it doesn't bother me and not going thru this again until I know how this all ends.

Sep 17, 2015
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toe nail removal
by: Anonymous

I had my big toe nail removed and a partial strip removed on my other big toe nail 5 weeks ago. The injection to numb the toe was something i do not want to experience again in a hurry.
The toe with the strip of nail is fine, but still has a scab which has not come away yet. The other toe with total nail removal has only just become bearable to wear a trainer. I was beginning to think it would never be right again, but each week it looks a little better. The toe knuckle is tender and i cannot put any pressure on the top of my toe, i think that may take months, as no nail at all leaves it extremely tender. It still looks slightly scabby, yellow gunky but drying up bit by bit. The daily dressing plaster was sticking quite a bit and i have had to soak before i can peel off very gently. But the redness is getting pinker and paler so i know i'm on the mend at last. Returning to work was a nightmare, only being able to wear a trainer shoe, and limping, however i am walking alot better now. Asking me now - i'd say i would not have this done again, but in a year's time i may think differently - we'll have to wait and see. But one think is clear - recovery is slow after a whole nail removal (and everyone will have their own recovery time as we all have different pain tolerance etc).
Chin up people - there is light at the end of the tunnel

Aug 28, 2015
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chemical removed toenail
by: Irene

OMG I had my toenail removed off my left foot August 14 2015. Pain is not the word for the hell I went through and still now 8/28/2015 my toe is so sore I could scream. I'm at the point of asking to have my toe amputated and just so you know I have a very high pain tolerance. I have had ingrown toenail on that big toe for all my life and nothing less then once a month I had to dig the nail out. I got pretty good at it and the doctor said he could see where I had gone in all the way. My toe wouldn't take the freezing due to scar tissue damage from my operating, but oh my dear God nothing hurt this bad. No senior should have this much pain. And no one else either.

Aug 22, 2015
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Hot toe
by: HM

It is now 4 weeks since I had the toenail removed from the big toe on my right foot. The surgery was painless, the worst part was the injection, I've apparently been fortunate as I've had almost no pain. The toe is healing well, I have a daily salt footbath, air dry it for at least an hour and then dress it. The nurse at my GP's surgery gave me Manuka honey dressings and I put a postage stamp sized piece of this on where the nail used to be with a non adherent dressing over it. This is held in place with a small piece of Mepore tape and tubegrip is then placed over the toe. I was told to wear open toed sandals until the toe is healed, about 8 weeks or so. It all sounds good BUT the toe and the area below it is hot, there's no smell on the dressing. Could there be an infection or is it normal to be significantly warmer that the other foot? Would a reaction to the salt bath cause this?

Aug 19, 2015
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Left toe nail
by: Dawn

Had my left full nail removed 8/7/2015 and 7 weeks on still in a lot of pain have been on 3 different lots of antibiotics and toe still infected have had it dressed by podiatrist 3 times and was told to keep it coverd for a week last time I went which was a week ago toe is still ouzing yellow gunk and still very swollen so wish it would start to heal soon

Aug 17, 2015
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Pain
by: KS

I had both toenails (big ones) removed on 3.08.15. I was in agony (felt like labour and toothache rolled into one) soon after the operation. Had first dressing Changed on the Wednesday 5/8/15 but had to go to GP for antibiotics by the Friday 7/8/15 as it was oozing thick yellow gunk. Pain continued to be like labour pain - building up in intensity then calming down before the next wave. My podiatrist were very caring, but were not sure why mine was not healing as it should. I had to return on the 10th as my right toe was really painful, dressing was changed and told the healing was slow but definitely on the mend and too complete anti biotic. I had my second official visit on the 12th August- bandages changed, this time it was dressed with iodine mesh, Menolin swabs and the toe bandage. I have changed it three times, soaking with bandage to remove it more easily. I changed the iodine dressing yesterday, was asked to keep it on for 7 days but it was stuck solid to my toe. Pain has lessened but still hurts if I move around too much. I have had to take two weeks off - did go in for six hours last Thursday but was in agony throughout the night and all day Friday. Will have my final podiatrist appt on the 20.8.15 - still thick gooey small patch on both toes but praying they willing dry out. I have not worn anything but flip flops- even the covers hurt and still have not been able to drive further than the shops - 2 mins away. I to look forward to the day my feet get back to normal minus the toe nails. I think that chemical burn liquid is not suitable for all and perhaps something else needs to be used. I also agree that different podiatrist seem to be giving different advice and it is very confusing and causing a lot of distress.

Jul 22, 2015
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THIS SUCKS!
by: Anonymous

I had a partial nail removal on both big toes a week ago. I was told you'll be healed by 3 weeks probably be in great shape after a couple of weeks. By the third day both of my feet swelled, my toes are deep red, I have gross oozing red and yellow out of both toes and the pain really bad especially at night. I was told I was allergic to the stuff they use to kill the cells that grow your nail. He put me on antibiotics a week later and I still look the same. I soak twice a day in salt water as he said I bandage everyday with a fabric bandaid as he said and it obviously didn't help. I wish so badly I would of read reviews before I had this done. I told him I was thinking of waiting till end of summer to have it done cause we're going to the beach end of August he said oh you'll be fine by then. End of August is one month away and now I read all of your posts and I'm shaking my head. My friend works for a podiatrist and she said he should be having me use benedine washes??? And a plastic thing for my toes when I shower. I have neither :(

Jul 19, 2015
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6 weeks after surgery
by: Anonymous

Toe still oozing yellow, and red (bleed?) gunk. Not infected, no pain, but no sign of this yellow and red funky mess drying up. Had to ask for another pack of dressings.

Jul 06, 2015
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Total toenail removal
by: Dyezee

I had my left big toenail removed June 8th, 4 weeks ago. I was told to add teaspoon of salt (type not specified so am using table salt) to a pint of cooled boiled water and to soak toe in it. Time not specified. I then put foot on a pouffe and airdry it before dressing it. I do this every day after showering (leaving the dressing on). Strict instructions not to touch the toe. Today went to see podiatry and my toe was unwrapped and looked at and was touched with wrong end of nail file by podiatrist around the oozing area and I was asked if it hurt. It didn't and I was annoyed at the intrusion as I have been careful not to touch the toe at all. This eve it hurts so have had to take painkillers! If infection develops I will be very annoyed. Why is there no consistency of care in NHS podiatry services? I do not apply any stuff to my toe, just absorbent dressing and a tubular bandage folded over so it is doubled. I wear socks at all times because I don't want the seepage to spoil bedding. Mostly it is on the bandage but does not go through the sock. Confused that everyone does things so differently. Not given shoes or advice. I dare not wear open toe sandals as don't want to have any pressure placed on my toe. Mostly wearing crocs cloggs with the holes in. Protective and very comfortable. Told 6 to 8 weeks before seepage stops. Half way through then but can it take even longer?

Jun 15, 2015
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by: Anonymous

I was reading all of these and getting scared. I had both large toe nails permanently removed 2 weeks ago. Was in pain first week but doing better this week. Was worried because the toes are oozing yellow gunk. Read though that its from the chemical burn. Thought I'd be back in shoes by two weeks but think I'm going to have to change that to 2 months. Just wearing sandals. The toes look aweful. I haven't bathed them and am no longer covering them.

Jun 09, 2015
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Right big toe nail removed
by: Anonymous

Hi I didn't have ingrown nail I had a injury to my foot and doctor figured removing nail would be the best thing... Never doing it again... Dressing stuck even after over soaking and I screamed and cried having difficult walking and and very swollen.... I do also have nerve and tissue damage due to injury that happened 3 months ago.... Can't where socks and closed toe shoes

May 16, 2015
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by: Jeanene Day

Mi had my left big toenail removed on May 14. The needle to deaden my toe was enough to make me yell out in pain. Then, everything was pretty cool. UNTIL the following morning. I tell you the truth when I say the pain was worse than childbirth! I was screaming out in pain.NO ONE prepared me for this life changing event. I will never ever be the same emotionally! Tears rained down my cheeks like rain from Noah flood. I'm not lying, the pain was horrific and an epidural should be part of the process afterward. Never ever consider this procedure unless your pain level is 15 out of 10! I actually passed out and saw stars as I was falling trying to get back in bed. I now know that if I am ever tortured in such a way it wud be hard for any of us to make heaven. I have a new respect for St. Peter who was crucified UPSIDE DOWN. If given the choice, I may have done the same thing. Kidding of course. Don't ever do this unless it's ur ONLY option! God bless anyone who has to endure this torture that WE ASKED FOR!!!!

May 10, 2015
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3rd time
by: Anonymous

The first two times I got this done I got the toenails removed on my big toes so that they would regrow and both times the infection came back so the 3rd time i said no more and i asked to have both toenails permanently removed. I got the surgery done april 28th and i was on oxycodone's up until recently. The most painful part was taking the bandages off i've never cried so hard in my life but my toes seem to be healing slowly. I've been reading some comments and its crazy to me that these "doctors" didnt tell you how to properly take care after your surgery. But anyway today I tried to put socks and shoes on and went to the movies and went i took my sock off tonight i ripped part of the scab off so now some of it is an open wound again.i really hope i didnt mess this up or cause an infection i dont want to go through any more pain. i just want this experience to be over already and feel no more pain!

Apr 26, 2015
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on the mend
by: Anonymous

I had part of my right big toenail removed after 4 months of agony. My toenail wasn't ingrown but had split after I injured my toe falling down stairs. I had a chemical rubbed onto part where nail was removed however the chemical spilled onto my toe causing a large burn which is very painful. I haven't been able to wear shoes since January has anyone else had this and know how long it will take to heal

Apr 26, 2015
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on the mend
by: Anonymous

I had part of my right big toenail removed after 4 months of agony. My toenail wasn't ingrown but had split after I injured my toe falling down stairs. I had a chemical rubbed onto part where nail was removed however the chemical spilled onto my toe causing a large burn which is very painful. I haven't been able to wear shoes since January has anyone else had this and know how long it will take to heal

Feb 17, 2015
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Both big toenails removed permanently
by: Alice

On Dec. 17, 2014, I had my left big toenail removed, permanently. On my follow-up,2 weeks later, I had the right big toenail removed, permanently, (with a shot of Phenol)? I have done all my podiatrist ordered and today I am still experiencing oozing, itching and redness behind my big toenail area. Tiny clear blisters ooz and my skin itches terribly! I keep my feet extra clean, while also preventing from wearing close toed shoes. I wonder how long this condition will be plaguing me. I was not given any medication following surgery but told to use Advil or Ibprophen for any pain I might experience. Hope someone can enlighten me on what I should contemplate during this time of healing.

Jan 19, 2015
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infected??
by: Anonymous

i had both big toenails removed on the 14th and im confused as unlike someone who made a comment giving it foot soaks ive been told to keep the toes dry and dont put water on them. just change the dressing i had the phenol to prevent regrowth and apart from the injections i felt nothing of the removal, and was in comfortable mode until today when they are starting to feel a little sore, they are very leaky with a yellowy clear fluid but not swollen or hot so i presume its just the stuff that the body makes to clean wounds, which makes it hard to keep the site dry

Jan 19, 2015
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infected??
by: Anonymous

i had both big toenails removed on the 14th and im confused as unlike someone who made a comment giving it foot soaks ive been told to keep the toes dry and dont put water on them. just change the dressing i had the phenol to prevent regrowth and apart from the injections i felt nothing of the removal, and was in comfortable mode until today when they are starting to feel a little sore, they are very leaky with a yellowy clear fluid but not swollen or hot so i presume its just the stuff that the body makes to clean wounds, which makes it hard to keep the site dry

Dec 27, 2014
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sick of this
by: Anonymous

I've been dealing with the oozing, and bleeding for eleven days. I went back too work after three days boy was that a mistake ,but my dr.said that you can go back too your normal routine . Wearing shoes in my case work boots was not sound advice coming from a professional and now it's worst than when the nail was on.

Dec 27, 2014
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sick of this
by: Anonymous

I've been dealing with the oozing, and bleeding for eleven days. I went back too work after three days boy was that a mistake ,but my dr.said that you can go back too your normal routine . Wearing shoes in my case work boots was not sound advice coming from a professional and now it's worst than when the nail was on.

Dec 22, 2014
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One of the lucky ones, maybe.
by: Anonymous

I had both big toenails removed on 3rd November, 2014. Yes it was uncomfortable during the anesthetic injection, felt nothing after that. No pain or discomfort when the anesthetic had worn off. Of course I was very careful not to stubb my toes. I drove the next day, no problems, I had some Crock slip on shoes, very comfortable. Three days later, had the first change of dressing. No problems, I was told to give the toes a salt bath every day, which I did twice a day when changing the dressings.
Five weeks after the removal, I no longer needed to bath them as the scab was now well formed with no infection. Now seven weeks later, waiting for the scabs to come off.

Dec 04, 2014
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ingrown toenails frustration
by: Anonymous

I had partial toenail removal with phenol performed on 3 toes about 4 months ago.Podiatrists keep saying that it is possible to come back to work one day after an op which in my opinion is absolutely ridiculous.I have had a few infections since August and has been unable to walk/wear a shoe for almost a month.It is December now and my toes are still sore but the worst thing is I have a regrowth and it looks like I will have to repeat the procedure. I cannot believe that doctors today cope so well with different very serious diseases while a simple ingrown toenail is still such a problem.

Dec 04, 2014
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ingrown toenails frustration
by: Anonymous

I had partial toenail removal with phenol performed on 3 toes about 4 months ago.Podiatrists keep saying that it is possible to come back to work one day after an op which in my opinion is absolutely ridiculous.I have had a few infections since August and has been unable to walk/wear a shoe for almost a month.It is December now and my toes are still sore but the worst thing is I have a regrowth and it looks like I will have to repeat the procedure. I cannot believe that doctors today cope so well with different very serious diseases while a simple ingrown toenail is still such a problem.

Nov 28, 2014
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Good, but still recovering.
by: Corey

Just had an ingrown toenail removed yesterday on Thursday. I'm 15 and have ingrown toenails on both big toes on both sides of the toe. I got both sides of the left toe done yesterday on Thursday. The whole surgery I could not feel a thing, the injections stung a bit though. After the surgery the anaesthetic wore off but I was still fine. Everyone says it hurts after it wears off, but to be honest I'm fine no pain at all, after the first night I woke up and felt that the bandage is getting a bit tight. I think my toe is starting to swell up. I don't know if I should see the doctor again about the swelling as it is getting tighter. The antibiotics don't do anything for me or the swelling. Day 2 still fine. Happy that the surgery is over but wasn't as bad as I thought.

Nov 28, 2014
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Left toenail removed
by: Anonymous

After 6 years of constant ingrown toenail pain I had the procedure to remove it . Im on the second course of antibiotics and was kept over night in hospital to observe and treat the infection and pain Reading the other stories here has helped as I thought it was just me being a wimp but the pain is terrible and unrelenting it took endone last night in hospital to relieve that now im back home the dame thing has puss ozzing out for the last two hours.I am not sure what to do now spose ill just wait and see and see what happens

Nov 16, 2014
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partial removal, big mistake
by: Anonymous

Had the opp for partial removal on 7th October. since then had two infections. Currently on my second lot of antibiotics but yet to see any improvement. I am on my feet all day every day as I cannot take time off work. (doctor has advised me this is fine) My toes still weep through the dressings. I was told I would be back in shoes the day after the opp which is absolutely ridiculous. Something needs to be done to warn people.

Nov 13, 2014
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The pain is worth it
by: Anonymous

I had my right big toenail removed. and yes it was horribly painful. But i am now one month after and have a huge scab and still have to wear bigger shoes but its worth it now. I had a horrible bad toe/ fungus/ ingrown...if you hit it i would almost cry...and this went on for years...but now I can put full pressure on my toe!!! yah...but I never soaked mine..i never got my foot wet for a month....

Nov 12, 2014
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THROBBING INTENSE PAIN
by: Anonymous

I had the ingrown toenail removed on both sides of both big toes. It has been 7 days and the pain is HORRIFIC. I don't have any sign of infection but intense pain especially at bedtime. Should I go back to the doctor or is this normal to be in this much pain 7 days out?

Oct 25, 2014
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advice please?
by: laura

I had the side strips of my nails removed- not as bad as I expected! The needles were a little sore but didnt even have much discomfort afterwards.

Didnt get any advice for after though and no post op appointment- my podiatrist gave me strict instructions to bathe them and apply dressings but when I saw the nurse at my GP she said "just put a plaster on them" and refused to give me any dressings. I work in a hospital and know the importance of infection control and about keeping wounds clean! So far I’ve spent £24 on dressings for 10 days!
Bit worried because if I’m on my feet longer than 30minutes they go completely numb- not sure whether this is normal or not? Also not sure whether to persevier with the feeling or if it’s a sign to stop and rest.
Any advice would be good!

Oct 25, 2014
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advice please?
by: laura

I had the side strips of my nails removed- not as bad as I expected! The needles were a little sore but didnt even have much discomfort afterwards.

Didnt get any advice for after though and no post op appointment- my podiatrist gave me strict instructions to bathe them and apply dressings but when I saw the nurse at my GP she said "just put a plaster on them" and refused to give me any dressings. I work in a hospital and know the importance of infection control and about keeping wounds clean! So far I’ve spent £24 on dressings for 10 days!
Bit worried because if I’m on my feet longer than 30minutes they go completely numb- not sure whether this is normal or not? Also not sure whether to persevier with the feeling or if it’s a sign to stop and rest.
Any advice would be good!

Oct 15, 2014
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Terrible pain
by: Anonymous

I had ingrown toenails on both my big toes partially removed last Thurs and it's still so painful Im moving my post op appointment up because I can't take the pain!!! And fyi I had a hysterectomy in March and was completely cut open, that's nothing compared to this pain :(

Oct 11, 2014
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painful as heck
by: Anonymous

Finally, 3 1/2 months later my toe is so much better. I have problem bending it but am exercising the big toe. Joint painful when I bend it. I now know why they do this to torture people. It is painful. But, I must say I am 95 percent better. Hope you all finally get better too. This is a great site as you all helped me understand the pain I was having must of you also had. Thank you.

Oct 06, 2014
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toenail torment
by: GV

I had partial toenail removal with phenol on 3 toes.it has been 8 weeks since the surgery and i have got infection for the second time on one of the toes.I have been told many times that phenol surgery is such a simple procedure and you can go to work 3 days after,well not in my case.it seems like never ending trouble.I haveńt had a sock or a shoe on my feet for 4 months now yet my wounds havent healed so far.in addition i am worried my toenail will regrow and i will have to repeat the surgery and spend another 4 months at home

Sep 19, 2014
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infection after surgery
by: sharon

just to say that i empathize with the comments that i have read im going through it at the moment i had my big toenail removed 7 weeks ago and have had two infections its so painful and debilitating ive lost some confidence also when you go out and people are walking about you get nervous of the thought of someone stepping on you i had a gallbladder op 5years ago and it was painful but i feel that the nail surgery i have had is more!

Sep 08, 2014
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Infection and pain: not worth the surgery...
by: Anonymous

Thank God for this site, because I feel the same way as many of you who wrote on here.
I had the side of my toe nail removed on the right, Last Tuesday. Since then I got an infection & have not been able to sleep, due to constant throbbing. In addition, I had to go to urgent care because I am a diabetic. My foot swelled-up so bad and I had a funny smelling discharge coming from my foot. I was given antibiotics, pain medication & an injection in my butt to stop cellulitis from spreading up my leg. I was also told I had a an abscess that needed to be soaked 4x a day for 20 mins. The epson salt also burned my foot and I had to stop soaking in it for a few soaks.
This surgery is not worth the pain and anguish of going through all the above. I wish I never got it done. I was better off with the pain of the ingrown nail than this. I pray my foot heals soon cause the pain at night is unbearable and I have not gotten a full nights sleep since the 3rd night of the surgery.

Aug 15, 2014
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OMG Never again.
by: sore as heck

So, I had a bad fungal infection that after 12 years and lots of meds, made me decide on having my large toe nail removed. The surgery was fine, pain pills and antibiotic(oral). Soak in betadine and warm water twice daily, dry, apply Betadine apply vandalised. You will be fine. No, you will not. I have never had such pain in my life. First couple days were ok. By Fifth day pain set in. No pain pills only Advil. THROBING,SORE,PAINFUL IF SHEET HITS IT. So this is not a surgery I could e Dr tell anyone to have. Now 6 weeks later and I am plagued with pain at night to point of no sleep. Healing is very slow, and I can only wear sandals. My foot swells if down to long. Please tell me it gets better. I just feel like crying.

Jul 30, 2014
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triple antibiotic
by: Anonymous

I think the most important thing is to keep it dressed and use triple antibiotic on it. Also the daily soaking in epsom salt then let dry and dress it as above. Just fyi sams club sells the epsom in a large bucket at a good price. You'll need a lot of it before your done. Also the best way I know to detect infection on your own is to smell the discharge on your dressing. I know it sounds gross but if it smells like something rotten you know you've got a problem. I hope this helps some of you, good luck!

Jul 30, 2014
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Pain!!!!
by: heidi

hi, I'm now 2 weeks after 2 big toenails being removed, I'm about finished the antibiotic course and will hav to go for more as infection still pretty bad, I'm so glad i found this page and read everyone else's comments on toenail removal as i thot it must jst b me a slow healer, but still in a lot of pain and lunge weeping out 2 weeks later

Jul 29, 2014
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10 toe nails removed
by: Anonymous

I had all 10 toe nails removed on the 17 of July . I am still in so much pain I can hardly walk and just would like this to be over with. If I would have known the pain I would be in diabetic or not I would have never done this. Does anyone have any advice for me ?

Jul 25, 2014
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Infection is back
by: Anonymous

So 2 days ago I had the removal on my big toe on my right foot. Before the removal it was badly infected with the cell sticking out that was stuck to the skin and I finally took off the bandage to soak it and it looks like it did before with the cell of the skin out over the rest of the nail and I don't know why. What do I do? Please help!

Jul 05, 2014
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Toe nail removal with phenol
by: Suzanne

I had toe nail removal 24th June with phenol big toe and the one next to it I'm in a lot of pain it is oozing grunge all the time especially the big toe I went back to the hospital day after surgery for them to change dressing I change dressing twice a day now I left dressing off yesterday as I thought fresh air would dry it out it's really hurting now I don't know if it's infected I'm a diabetic can someone advise

Jun 21, 2014
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pain swollen
by: debbue

Had both toe nails of a week ago when the nurse change the dressing it's very saw swollen painfull it seemed fin the day after how long will this go one she thinks it just burnt from the chemical there put on

Mar 07, 2014
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nail infection
by: Des lashley

I feel that the doctor should tell you about all these problems before nail surgery
. I am in so much pain i have started smoking herb now, i have not been involved in drugs for 50 years , this pain has made me go back to drugs.

Mar 07, 2014
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nail infection
by: Des lashley

I feel that the doctor should tell you about all these problems before nail surgery
. I am in so much pain i have started smoking herb now, i have not been involved in drugs for 50 years , this pain has made me go back to drugs.

Mar 07, 2014
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nail infection
by: Des lashley

I feel that the doctor should tell you about all these problems before nail surgery
. I am in so much pain i have started smoking herb now, i have not been involved in drugs for 50 years , this pain has made me go back to drugs.

Feb 12, 2014
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Feb 3 "Anonymous" back again to report
by: Anonymous

It has been over two weeks since my partial toe nail removal. Like the others here, I think would never had done it had I known. Anyway, I may have been oversoaking the toes because the doctor put a iodine on a cotton square and wrapped up the toe with the remark that this would dry it out. Little did I know the pain would be the worst experienced this whole time, but it did dry it out. I thought I might die last night. Thank God pain does not always mean death.

Feb 11, 2014
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Sighs..
by: Anonymous

So on the 30th of Jan I had an operation to remove both of my big toenails (biggest toe on each foot) and have been going through a-lot of trouble from it. (note: I also had both of the roots removed as this is the third time this has happened)

After two days I was in so much pain I went to A&E for stronger painkillers and they also gave me some antibiotic's because they seemed 'hot' as a sign of infection.

The next day I was really sick, I was given codeine so they think its just from my body not liking it, So I went off all my medicine since it was constant and I couldn't keep anything down.

So during this time I had my bandages changed just about everyday or every-other day and recently they spotted a bad infection on both and antibiotic's couldn't do anything about it as the infection has got to the point that you can see it all.

And now I am having another operation to 'clean' it out apparently because they said it will not heal properly unless I do so.

But the thing I wanted to ask is I have no idea what they mean by 'cleaning' and does this mean I have to go through all this over again? I am still unable to walk efficiently being about 12-13 days since the operation (the next I am having is actually in a few hours)

I really needed to see if the way I was recovering was the reason why I got this infection, I never was without bandages so I was unable to get the chance to soak my toes, I have never heard about the soaking from the doctors, but maybe because it is such a deeper cut that its for the best? Or are they just leaving out a few things? because I would mention this if it avoids me having to go through this again and again its been 3 years, also mentioning that I am 16, I have been missing a-lot of school/college also this is no help to my self-confidence which is easy enough to understand.

Also I have been keeping socks on all the time.. I know that sweat won't help anything so maybe I should stop? Any advice would be helpful I am in such a muddle haha.

Sorry for the long message x

Feb 08, 2014
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Partial toenail removal
by: Anonymous

I had the toenail partially removed with phenol 3weeks ago and it has been healing beautifully. When I went in for my 2 week check p, I had the other toe done. This toe on the other hand has progressively gotten more red and more tender and sore with each day. I called my Dr. and she prescribed an oral antibiotic, but after 60 hours, it is still getting worse. I clean and doctor as instructed, just as I did on the other toe. Not sure what else to do.

Feb 03, 2014
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One week after half toenail removal
by: Anonymous

I am in serious pain. There is a black hole in my toe that confuses me and a deep red blur where the partial toenail was. Puffy and sore around it. I went back to the foot doctor today and he said I do not have gangrene. He acted relaxed. . . . but the pain is considerable.I am so scared. A friend's aunt (who was 104 years old, admittedly) died from an ingrown toenail. Today the doctor gave me a five day antibiotic prescription.

I have an appointment to see him in a week but I do not know if I can hold out 7 more days. Should I get a second opinion (always hard to get a doctor to see a new patient that quick)? Go to ER? Why does it hurt more now than three days ago? Why did I let him extract my nail?? It was just a dumb little split toenail that caught on the bed sheets. I could live with that. . . .

Jan 21, 2014
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really slow healing time
by: Anonymous

I am 5 weeks into the phenol permanent removal on my 2 big toes. the nail beds are scabbed over ,but the burn area continues to crack and weep when I walk, still hurts although not that throbbing pain more of a sting. My toes are still tender and have lost the outer layer of skin which leaves them red. At this rate I think I still have a few more weeks to go before the weeping stops and probably 5 more weeks before the scabbing starts to fall off. for what I am going to guess a total of 16 weeks to feel somewhat normal owww

Jan 19, 2014
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Infection two months later??
by: Anonymous

Hi, two months ago I had an ingrown removed. I've had an ongoing discomfort and the swelling hasn't gone down much. Also it looks a bit bruised around the nail where it was removed and a black spot appeared where part of the new nail has grown. Could this be an infection? I had the Dr. who removed it take another look but he says it looks fine. So I am considering going elsewhere for a second opinion. Is the discomfort normal two months later?

Nov 07, 2013
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Infected toenail?
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had a infected toenail removed from my toe a little over a month ago. The doctor also treated the other toe just be safe. Anyway, its been a while and my uninfected toe is looking great and almost normal. However the other toe is very red, swollen, and painful. There is also a lot of extra tissue surrounding the nail. Is it infected? What do I do?

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Sometimes doctors treat the other toe because it is showing signs of an ingrown toenail- now or could be in the future. It is easier because you are prepared, and doing another toenail at the same time is simpler.

If both toes were done at the same time now you have a comparison. I think you might still have a small bit of toenail present- the puffyness of the skin suggests that nail needs to be checked again. Go back.

Aug 12, 2013
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Confused
by: Anonymous

I just had my left big toenail removed Friday nd my doctor barely gave me instructions this my first time getting it done nd I've been reading different things on how treat it all he told me was soak it with abson salt nd then out band aid on it nd it's still bleeding alil nd has white stuff at bottom isk if it's from the bandage cause the bandage stuck to the womb he didn't use non stick bandage I'm so confused :/

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If you have been washing it for a long time, then you will get white skin build up, also phenol (if used) can cause whiteness on the skin.

Don't salt water bathe for longer than 2 mins. Also you will be redressing it daily. If you do sports and run around, it is going to bleed.

May 11, 2013
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Red Rash couple weeks after surgery
by: Anonymous

My husband had his right large toenail removed, due to ingrown nail, and infection. This was done two weeks ago. His health is not good overall, with some immune compromised conditions (leukemia) and parkinsons/alzheimers. We've been soaking daily in epsom salts and keeping it covered with gauze and some analgesic ointment. A couple days ago, he started with some red spots on the back of the foot, and one spot right in the top middle of the foot. Initially they didn't itch, but now he says he feels a bit of an itch. They are angry red. I wonder if anyone else knows if this is a reaction to epsom salts, or some type of internal infection. His foot is swollen, but I have read that is not uncommon while healing. The nailbed itself doesn't look too bad. Thanks for any comments anyone might have.

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Foot swollen?

Maybe an infected foot, check it out, could be just swollen though through illness.

Spots can be there due to redressings- the overuse of them especially using tape all the time.

Sometimes it can be a small case of athletes foot due to the washing and drying of the feet (otc cream is a simple remedy for this).

Aug 23, 2012
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my toenail surgary
by: ivy

i had my toenail taken off at the doctors a month ago on the 23 july, it has only been redressed at the surgary but i have got infection. i am now on my third lot of antibiotics and they took a swob on fri 19th aug, when i rang the doctors today i was told results came back 4 days ago and no one has reported on it yet, i cant see how it could have got infected at home when it have not been uncovered here.

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Home care is sometimes where the infection comes in. That doesn't mean that your home is dirty, it just means that the bugs, which are microbial, get into the wound as soon as you take off that dressing.

You could have a condition which makes a little bit more prone to infection- like Diabetes.

If your dressing leaks through then the bugs can get in through that way.

We tell our patients that they need, for 2 weeks post nail surgery, daily salt water bathing (2 minutes max) then redress with a clean, sterile dressing- no BandAids.

Then they get checked over. And the dressing regime changes depending upon the look of the wound.

2 things to mention:

1- If they used Phenol on the nail bed it will look like an infection because your body is fighting a chemical burn. But it is not really infected and the swab that comes back is "normal"

2- It takes 6 weeks to heal, less in some, more in others, but 6 weeks is the average. It discharges heavily and then reduces over time.

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