The Doctors: Split Toenail Removal Procedure
Brace yourselves, readers! The Doctors covered split toenails on TMI Tuesday, and it definitely wasn’t pretty. Doctors viewer Lisa, who had an ingrown toenail removed 10 years ago, needed help removing her unsightly split toenail. Find out what happened when podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh treated the broken nail.
Dr. Sadrieh explained that the common causes of split toenails include nutrition, or in Lisa’s case, a botched procedure. Split toenails are dangerous, because they can easily become infected with fungus. The only option was to remove the nail and allow it to re-grow under careful supervision.
The removal of Lisa’s split toenail was really, really difficult to watch. Lisa didn’t feel a thing, but many audience members looked away as soon as they saw blood. Other than the obvious ick factor, the toenail removal was relatively simple. Dr. Sadrieh treated the exposed nail bed with an antibiotic ointment and dressed it in gauze. In order to avoid split toenails, keep nails dry and well-groomed. It takes about one year for a toenail to grow back, but eventually, Lisa should have a completely new, healthy nail.
The Doctors: Excessive Drooling
Later, The Doctors tackled the issue of excessive drooling with Dr. David Shouhed. Drooling at night is relatively common, and often, adults drool for the same reasons that babies do: loss of oral motor coordination and dental problems. In order to prevent drooling, make sure you can breathe properly during sleep, and sleep on your back.
While drooling isn’t necessarily dangerous, sudden, excessive drooling can be a warning sign of something more serious like a life-threatening throat infection. Make sure to visit your doctor if you are concerned about your drooling.