As a reminder to our patients undergoing a procedure to remove an ingrown toenail, we would like to encourage everyone to carefully follow the post-procedure care instructions. By ensuring a daily toe soaking, and ensuring that the toe stays covered at all times with antibiotic ointment and a band aid, one can be certain that the toe will have the best chance of quick healing. When a scab is allowed to form over the toenail border if the toe is left uncovered and/or unsoaked, bacteria and further drainage becomes trapped under the scab and the site can become infected. This creates pain and prolongs healing. By following the simple care instructions that are relatively easy to comply with, one can generally assure an easy and quick recovery from ingrown nail surgery, with no disruption of one's activity or comfort.