IN-GROWING TOE-NAIL.–This is usually a consequence of cutting the nail at the sides too close to the quick. The result is ulceration of the part around the nail, which the continued pressure of the edge of the nail prevents healing. It may be due to constitutional causes.
General Treatment.–After washing the foot scrape the nail in the centre as thin as possible without hurting, and then cut the nail away in the centre, leaving the sides uncut. Place under the nail a piece of linen tape, so as to raise the sides of the nail, and prevent them growing into the sore or ulcerated parts.
Medical Treatment.–Apply to the sore part ointment of Hydrastis (3j of the 0 tincture to an ounce of vaseline, or prepared lard), and give internally Ac. nit. 6 every two or three hours.