The therapeutic outcomes of one‐minute application of sodium hydroxide vs phenol in the chemical cauterization of ingrown toenails
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology Feb 09, 2022
Similar short-term as well as long-term postoperative treatment outcomes were observed between the one-minute applications of 10% sodium hydroxide (NaOH) vs 88% phenol groups.
This study included 62 ingrown toenail sides treated with 10% NaOH and 56 ingrown toenail sides treated with 88% phenol.
Mean follow-up span was 25.17 months.
Recurrence occurred in four nail sides of the NaOH group (%6.45) and three nail sides of the phenol group (%5.35) but the difference between the recurrence rates was not statistically significant.
On post-procedural tenth day, there was absence of pain among patients treated with both methods.
Between two groups, visual analog scale pain scores and complete healing duration were found to be similar.
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