Home remedies are often recommended on some websites for ingrown toenails. While some of these, like epsom salt soaks and rest, are safe, others come with dangerous risks. One of the most dangerous at home remedies suggested for ingrown toenails involves the concept of a “bathroom surgery.” This technique has you try and actually remove the ingrown toenail yourself with various methods.
Bathroom surgery is extremely dangerous because it isn’t performed by a professional. Removing an ingrown toenail classifies as a surgical procedure. Just like other surgical procedures, they should only be performed by someone who is licensed to do the treatment. In the case of an ingrown toenail removal, this means that only a licensed podiatrist should perform the procedure. Having it performed by someone who isn’t licensed to do the treatment could result in an infection, damage to the nail, or further irritation of the toe.
Bathroom surgery for ingrown toenails includes trying to remove the ingrown with dental floss, nail hygiene tools like nail clippers, scissors, and anything else that is sharp. The danger with these tools is that they aren’t designed to remove ingrown toenails. These tools aren’t sterile, and are very likely to cause infection. When ingrown toenails become infected, the severity of the condition increases and medical attention is necessary. When a licensed podiatrist does the treatment, they will use sterile tools and the proper technique to ensure that the treatment is done safely. This is the most important thing when getting an ingrown treated; safety during a medical treatment can mean the difference between your condition being cured or becoming even worse.
At a consultation with a podiatrist, the doctor will be able to diagnose your ingrown toenail and discuss effective care, as well as perform the treatment itself. They will be able to treat the ingrown toenail and any infection that is present. To schedule your consultation with a podiatrist, give us a call at (424)-299-4627 or visit our website for more information.