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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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