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  Repeated infections and continued nail border soreness is a sure sign of chronic, irreversible ingrown nails.
 


Ingrown nail correction

Repeated infections and continued nail border soreness is a sure sign of chronic, irreversible ingrown nails. Once this cycle has started it is difficult to reverse.

The reason why this fails so often is the nail grows from a sack within the skin (a).

So, no matter how you cut the nail from the front, it will continue to grow straight out. Typically, first aid (temporary care) involves removing a wedge of nail (b) from the nail border.

A little more (c) has to be removed in 6-10 weeks as the nail continues to grow out.

This results in a never ending vicious cycle.

Permanent care for ingrown nails

The toe is numbed and a section is removed and cauterised (d).

This is performed as an office procedure under local anaesthesia, the same as your dentist cares for your teeth.

There are no sutures involved and you may get it wet immediately. The area is simply dressed with a single gauze 5 x 5cm on a daily basis. Final healing occurs in about 4 weeks.

This is often covered by private insurance, please contact us for more information.