Ingrown Toenail (Onychocryptosis) Medication

Updated: Sep 16, 2021
  • Author: Thomas E Benzoni, DO, MT(ASCP); Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Medication Summary

Medications are needed for only those with complications. Antibiotics are not indicated unless lymphangitic spread is noted. Antifungal agents are needed for onychomycosis. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen is used for pain.



Class Summary

Pain control is essential to quality patient care. It ensures patient comfort, promotes pulmonary toilet, and enables physical therapy regimens. Most analgesics have sedating properties, which are beneficial for patients who have painful lesions.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, and Genpril)

Usually the label directions are sufficient for the treatment of mild to moderate pain, if no contraindications are present. Inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing prostaglandin synthesis.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Aspirin Free Anacin)

DOC for pain in patients with documented hypersensitivity to aspirin or NSAIDs, those with upper GI disease, or those taking oral anticoagulants.

Acetaminophen and Codeine (Tylenol with codeine)

Drug combination indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate pain.