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INSTRUCTIONS FOR NAIL CARE- Temporary Removal


  • Keep the bandage on for about 12 - 24 hours after the procedure. If it sticks, you can soak the bandage in warm water to remove it. 
  • Soak the toe in WARM soapy water or epsom salts for 20 minutes, twice a day for 2-4 weeks or until there is no more drainage. If you see any crusty, clear, yellow fluid, gently clean this away from the wound with a Q-tip or soft cloth. 
  • Pat the area dry and apply a small amount of an antibiotic ointment, such as NEOSPORIN, to the area and cover with a regular band-aid after soaking or if the band-aid gets wet. 
  • You may shower as normal and apply a fresh band-aid after the shower. 
  • You may wear your regular shoes and continue your normal daily activities as long as you are comfortable. 
  • DO NOT USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE ON THE WOUND. It will irritate the healing tissue and cause further damage.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

    It is normal for the skin just around the nail to be a little red and irritated for the first week or so after the                    procedure. It is not necessarily infected.


Some signs that your toe may be infected are:

    • Redness that spreads up to toe toward the foot.

    • Swelling of the entire toe.

    • More pain than before the procedure.

    • Creamy yellow or greenish pus draining from the wound.


If you think your toe may be infected, please call us immediately at 415-426-7771.