Is there a role for antibiotics in the treatment of ingrown toenails?
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Antibiotic therapy yields no benefit in the treatment of an uncomplicated ingrown toenail. (SOR: B, based on heterogeneous RCTs.) Experts may still recommend antibiotics in complex cases where the nail is detached from the nail bed, the patient is at increased risk for endocarditis, or underlying osteomyelitis is suspected. (SOR: C, based on expert opinion.)
Evidence Based Practice 14(5): 07-08.