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Hydrogen peroxide on ingrown toenail?

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Old 08-18-2009, 10:11 AM   #1
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Question Hydrogen peroxide on ingrown toenail?

Is it safe to put hydrogen peroxide on an ingrown toenail that is leaking pus? I was just wondering because the nail has obviously pierced the skin and is red, won't the peroxide enter your blood stream?

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Old 08-18-2009, 06:06 PM   #2
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Re: Hydrogen peroxide on ingrown toenail?

I'm pretty sure that the amount of peroxide that could potentially enter your blood stream through a wound as tiny as an ingrown toenail would have little to no affect on your overall health. If your weary of using peroxide, try a combination of 1 part white vinegar to one part warm water. If something doesn't give within a week, I highly suggest you see a podiatrist. Some ingrown nails can be so problematic that they must be treated with oral steroids and antibiotics and/or laser or surgical removal of the excess nail and cauterization (permanent destruction) of the underlying matrix tissues. Pus is a definite indicator of infection, and fungus and staph can reek some serious havoc if left untreated. Bacitracin and Neosporin just aren't strong enough.

Old 08-19-2009, 09:37 AM   #3
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Re: Hydrogen peroxide on ingrown toenail?

Thank you. I went to the doctors today and they can't remove the side of the nail if it needs it untill the infection has gone. So I'm taking antibiotics now.

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