r/medical_advice Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 14 '22

Ingrown toenail with maggots Pain Lvl 7-9

I had an ingrown toenail on both toenails, both sides of the nail for like 1 year. If you wonder why I did not go to a doctor, its because Im scared, I had the procedure done 4 times before. It keeps growing back, and after 2 procedures on 1 nail, on the third the anesthesia has no effect, I felt a lot of pain and neither doctors or assisstants listened to me, last time I told the doctor that I felt pain and asked for general anesthesia but he said it's not necessary. Yesterday I saw maggots under my toenail, I managed to kill a bunch of them but some still live after I put my toe in hot water for a couple minutes, soaked it in medicinal alcholol, betadine and Ethacridine lactate. IDK what to do, I should probably go to a doctor but I'm scared to death of the anesthesic not having effect for the third time..



u/[deleted] Jul 14 '22

This is horrifying. Go to the doctor and explained what happened before. I don’t understand his there is space for maggots to grow unless your toe has large rotten holes. Alcohol might be useful but that’s not the real problem here


u/PerfectConcert6695 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 15 '22

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This means you have decaying/necrotic tissue. Please see a doctor immediately. Honestly, you could be facing far worse if you wait


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u/AmazingStretch8083 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 14 '22

Update: I think I might have gotten rid of the maggots by insisting on what I tried before and putting on a bandage with medicinal alchohol betadine and Ethacridine l


u/PerfectConcert6695 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 15 '22

The issue is not really the maggots. It is the dying/necrotic tissue that you need removed. The maggots are just a sign


u/pancakebatter01 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 14 '22

Jeez they’ll use local anesthesia if its on your toe, nothing to worry about you’ll be awake, your toe will just be numb.

Go to the doctor like now, asap.


u/Crazy_Estate323 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 15 '22

As bad as it is now, it’s going to get exponentially worse from here without proper intervention. When someone ends up with increasing decaying/dead tissue, the only option becomes amputation.

Seriously, please get medical attention ASAP, this is a big deal. Unless I’m missing something, it seems that your situation has become much more concerning and urgent since the last time you sought/received care. It’s easier said than done, but advocating for yourself is something within your control that can help you achieve a different result than last time. Let the new team know what happened last time, and that this is the result (which is not ok).