Toenail/fingernail Removal

What do I need to know about toenail or fingernail removal?

You may need to have all or part of your nail removed. Nail removal can prevent infection, decrease ingrown nail pain, and help the nail heal from an injury.

What are the risks of toenail or fingernail removal?

  • You may bleed more than expected after your nail is removed. Your toe or finger may become red, swollen, or painful. You may have fluid or pus that drains from your incision site. Chemicals, lasers, or electrosurgery may burn your skin. If your nail grows back, it may be disfigured. Your symptoms may return.

  • Without treatment, your finger or toe may become painful, swollen, and infected. You may not be able to do your usual activities. It may make it difficult to walk. An infection in your finger or toe may make your nail thick, rough, or change color. The infection may spread to nearby tissue or to bone.

When should I contact my caregiver?

Contact your caregiver if:

  • Your finger or toe is red, painful, or swollen.

  • You have pus coming from your nail.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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