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Terrifying Machine Will Get Rid of Your Ingrown Toenail, Appetite

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The Makizume Robo Ingrown Toenail Fixer is a simple device. It consist of two clamps and a threaded press. Slip the clamps around the edges of a toenail--preferably someone else’s--then turn the center press until it forces the edges of the toenail to spring up. Soak the foot in water for a long time, then dry. It’s the perfect party game!

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I had an ingrown toenail when I was trekking in Nepal, and I would have KILLED for this: my solution was to use a combination of Detol, hot water, tweezers and a set of small folding scissors to deal with it. This was, as you may divine, quite painful, and was accompanied by quite a bit of grunting and the occasional: "Just let me die, sweet Buddha, just let me ... F*CK!"

For the most part, I would go away from the group so I could manage this situation on my own and prevent the kind of gross-out you just experience watching this video. One evening I was not able to move away from the group and one of the Australian trekkers took all this in stride (pun intended) and said:

"What are you doin' over there, mate? It sounds like you're trying to pass a bowling ball."
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As horrifying as this looks, the alternative that our daughter's podiatrist used is worse. She basically ripped the edge of the nail off and killed that region of the nail bed with phenol.
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