I have an in-grown nail on my toe and I don't know what to do. I'm aware that seeing a podiatrist(?) might help but I don't want my nail getting removed (yet) because I have a swimming class. They say upon recovery, the said nail isn't allowed to get wet. Are there any options for at least a temporary relief?
I've had ingrown nails for more than 15 years and complete nail removal was never on the table. Wedge resection is a much more easy procedure, which may not even require anesthesia. It will also heal much faster and will hardly interfere with your everyday life.
More on this procedure can be found at:
EDIT: this procedure is less invasive, but recurrence is quite common.