After Care Tips

After Care for Ingrown Nail Procedure

At the time of the procedure the doctor will bandage the area, keep the bandage on and dry for 24 hours. You can expect some tenderness, particularly with pressure such as a tight-fitting shoe, for a day or two following the procedure. Pain can be managed with Tylenol.

Soaking solution: Mix one tablespoon of Epsom salt with every quart of warm water used.

24 hours after procedure: Begin first soak with bandage on for about 5 minutes until bandage is loosened, then remove bandage and continue soaking for additional 15 minutes.

Further instructions: Soak the area for up to 20 minutes twice a day (morning and evening). Following each soak, dry the area with a clean towel and cover with a clean fabric bandaid, do not apply any ointments.

Continue soaking as directed until all drainage has stopped, usually up to a week. You can determine this by checking the bandage when you take it off; if there is anything on the bandage, there is still drainage.

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