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Less is better in ingrown nail care

The immediate relief provided by the removal of an offending spicule in the care of an ingrown nail is a wondrous thing. Under local anaesthesia the simple removal of this tiny creature brings an end to weeks of pain and suffering.

The problem is that the patient falls into the 'too much of a good thing' syndrome. The nail grows from matrix cells deep in the nail. Thus, what you do at the infected end of the nail has little to do with the eventual growth of the nail itself.

What typically occurs is that the 'blessed' relief has to be provided with greater frequency. The first reason is that the nail has not really been retrained. The second is that the soft tissues recognise the oncoming event. This results in excessive granulation tissue occurring before the nail becomes truly ingrown.

Although each individuals different, care provided more than every 2 months is likely to produce this syndrome. Unless general health or vascular insufficiency is a problem, ask (demand) a permanent resolution of this problem.