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Post-Operative Instructions

Home Care Instructions After Nail Procedure

  1. Remove bandage after 24 hours. Keep your toe (toes) clean & dry.

  2. You may notice bleeding which may show through your bandages. This is normal.You may reinforce the bandage with additional gauze if needed.

  3. After you remove the bandage) begin soaking the toe (s) once daily for 10 minutes (see instructions below). A good time to soak is after a shower or bath. This soak helps the healing process by drawing out the fluid & bacteria that may be present in the surgical area.

  4. There will be drainage for the first 2 weeks, perhaps longer This is normal. The treated area will appear red and may swell.

  5. You may expect your toe to be sore, but not too painful. If you have discomfort you may take a usual dose of Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc. Also, elevating your foot will ease discomfort.

  6. You may resume all normal activities, including bathing the treated area, 24 hours after the procedure. Please refrain from participating in activities which involve natural waters (rivers, lakes, ocean). Natural waters do contain bacteria, and may infect the area chlorinated pools should also be avoided until healed.

  7. Warning signs of infection include fever chills, increased pain at the treatment area, pus drainage, foul smell, and redness. If any of these signs or symptoms occur, or if you have any questions, call the clinic at 801-627-2122




  1. In a basin, add 1 packet of powder into one pint of hot water and soak foot for 10 minutes, once each day for 7 days.

  2. Remove the bandage, if it is stuck to the surgical site, soak your toe in the solution until it becomes loose. Soak the area for 10 minutes. With your thumb, gently pull back the skin at the sides and at the cuticle where the nail was removed.

  3. After soaking the area, pat the foot dry with a clean cloth.

  4. Cover the area with Amerigel, Band-Aid.

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