I had an ingrown big toenail removed in the middle of this summer. Clipped it too short a long time ago, and it had alternately been seeming to heal and get worse until I decided that I didn’t want to go to college with it like that.
So I went into the local voodoo hut (CareNow), got it looked at, the doctor said it would have to come out. So he painted me up with iodine, then gave me 4 local anesthetic shots on my right big toe, and I couldn’t feel the last one. He came back in ten minutes, started poking the swollen part, which couldn’t have happened under normal circumstances without me wincing in pain for the past while, then got out his surgical kit.
He jammed what was essentially a pair of scissors that could also grip (what are those called?) under the nail and spread them, then repeated the process a few times until it was loose. He then pulled it out from the cuticule. It bled for a while, then he bandaged it up. Gave me a perscription for 10 days of 2 a day antibiotics, and tylenol with codeine, and told me to keep it covered with non-stick wound pads over neosporin until the nailbed dried up.
That took a few weeks, but it staid clean. So now, I have no right big toenail, though its started to come back in. It isn’t terribly attractive, so I keep it covered if I think ahead that I’ll be wearing open toed shoes, but it isn’t needed for the toe.
The doctor said it should take about 6 months for it to come in fully, and I got it done just before Independence Day, so it has about 4 more months left.