This procedure involves the permanent removal of a nail plate and nail matrix (root of nail).
Permanent removal of a nail involves removing the nail plate and nail matrix. (The nail matrix is the root of the nail and allows for future nail growth.) A distorted or infected nail may be removed using a chemical, laser or other method. A permanent nail removal may be recommended if you have:
Contact your healthcare provider if you have an ingrown or infected nail that is causing you discomfort. They will ask questions about your medical history and do a physical exam that focuses on your feet.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have an ingrown, infected or deformed nail.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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