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Ingrown (finger!)nails (+ toenails)

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  • Posted By: Maysun
  • February 14, 2007
  • 09:53 PM

Ok. So at one time there were little thingies (don't know the word in English, someone knows what I mean?) next to my nails and I can't stand any thingies next to my nail so I started to cut them off, and so it began to get worse.

It is to a point where the upper sides hurt when there is pressure on them, they are sometimes red, callous is formed at the sides and when I don't keep cutting off the nail grows at the sides and looks pretty awful. I sometimes can't get to the dirt at the side of my nails. (my toe nails stink)

I have an appointment with the doctor but I'm scared that she will say that 'it's not that bad' or 'not bad enough' and I should keep cutting my nails horizontally straight. I actually want to get a narcosis or something, and get all my fingernails and the two big toenails removed.

Maybe some of you can tell me what chance I have she will agree? Also I wonder, is it possible that some nails of some humans (because of the type of nails/form) are just not meant to be cut off totally straight, since this only helps to get them ingrown? My mother thinks that's so with her nails and that I better cut them off a little round. Only it seems her nails are somewhat ingrown as well only she doesn't notice it.

I'm just worried about this, I want my nails to look good, I want to be able to have the manicurelook and it doesn't seem it will ever look better without the cut them all out-thing.

Does anyone have any experience with removing the (finger)nails? How long does the healing process takes and what about pain?

Also...if she agrees, should I insist going to a specialist and if so, what kind? I know that removing the toenail usually is something that can be done by the doctor, but it's both finger and toenails and it is a surgery, so I don't want them to mess up.

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  • Do you mean a wart as the "thingie?" Are they on the fingers or toes? If so warts are caused by virus. Toes get corns and callouses. You may have a fungus in your nail/nail beds. Best to let the dermatoligist decide on the treatment plans. They can give you a pill to help get rid of the fungus. good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2007
    • 02:03 PM
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  • Do you mean a wart as the "thingie?" Are they on the fingers or toes? If so warts are caused by virus. Toes get corns and callouses. You may have a fungus in your nail/nail beds. Best to let the dermatoligist decide on the treatment plans. They can give you a pill to help get rid of the fungus. good luck. No I don't mean warts. I mean just parts of the nail that sometimes grow/split at the sides of the finger and then you have to cut it away. And I don't have fungus. :)
    Maysun 4 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 01:02 AM
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  • Are you absolutely sure you do not have a fungus. Some fungal infections can be very mild and the sufferer may not be aware. Are your nails becomming oddly shapped. have a look here for examples of fungal infection
    zuneuk 8 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 10:22 PM
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  • Are you absolutely sure you do not have a fungus. Some fungal infections can be very mild and the sufferer may not be aware. Are your nails becomming oddly shapped. have a look here for examples of fungal infection It's too bad that all these picture examples are always of diseases and such in the worst stage. :PBut no, I don't have anything that looks near that.
    Maysun 4 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 08:24 AM
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  • Go see a Podiatrist - not just a general doctor as they can be inclined to ignore the cosmetic reprocussions.
    zuneuk 8 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 09:52 PM
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