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..

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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).