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Ingrown Toenail

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The following information on management and prevention of ingrown toe nails for patients is available below:

Infected ingrown toenails require treatment with oral antibiotics.

Patients with ingrown toe nails that are recurrently infected or that are causing localised tissue damage should be referred for assessment and management by a podiatrist.


Community Referral (Sirona)

Sirona podiatry service offers partial /total nail avulsions for children (7 years and above) and adults with ingrown toenails that are causing localised tissue damage and assessed as suitable for this procedure. Please see the Community podiatry page for details on how to make a referral.

Information about surgery can also be found on the Sirona website:

Secondary Care Referral

Referrals to secondary care for treatment of ingrown toe nails are not routinely allowed and are subject to the Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Secondary Care Policy - Criteria Based Access.

Referrals will be returned unless criteria are met.

Efforts are made to ensure the accuracy and agreement of these guidelines, including any content uploaded, referred to or linked to from the system. However, BNSSG ICB cannot guarantee this. This guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer, in accordance with the mental capacity act, and informed by the summary of product characteristics of any drugs they are considering. Practitioners are required to perform their duties in accordance with the law and their regulators and nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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