‘My man has an in­fected toe­nail’

Woman's Own - - Ask The Doctor -

Q

My hus­band has an in­fected in­grow­ing toe­nail. He is cur­rently on his fourth course of an­tibi­otics in the past 12 months. Can you rec­om­mend any­thing we can do to stop this prob­lem con­stantly com­ing back? Emily, Bris­tol

A

In­grow­ing toe­nails can oc­cur af­ter an in­jury but are usu­ally the re­sult of cut­ting the nails too short and poorly fit­ting shoes. Let the nail grow out, then cut it straight across and make sure your hus­band changes socks daily as sweaty feet make things worse. As the nail grows out, you can soften the skin with oil and use a cot­ton bud to gen­tly push the skin away from the nail. If he still has prob­lems, his GP may rec­om­mend par­tial or full re­moval of the nail.

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