Ingrown Toenails

What are ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails are very common, a condition that most people will experience at least once in their lifetime. Ingrown toenails are toenails that grow into the skin and nail fold instead of growing straight out, which can be very painful and lead to infection.

If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body.

How do I know I have an ingrown toenail?

The most common symptom of an ingrown toenail is pain and swelling around the affected toe. The pain is usually worse when pressure is applied to the toenail, like when you are walking. If the toenail has grown into the skin, the area may become red, tender, and warm to the touch.

In some cases, pus may be present and the toe may become infected. If the ingrown toenail becomes infected, the infection can cause fever and other more severe symptoms.


What causes an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails can be caused by a variety of factors, including improper nail care, wearing shoes that are too tight, or having naturally curved or thick toenails. Steps can be taken to prevent an ingrown toenail from occurring, such as keeping feet clean and dry and wearing shoes that fit properly.

Shoes that are too small in the toe box, such as high heels or pointed-toe shoes, can cause the toes to become compressed and push the nail into the skin. Toenails should be cut straight across, rather than at an angle, to prevent the corners of the nail from growing into the skin.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Ingrown toenails with less severe pain and swelling can typically be treated with at-home care. Soaking the foot in warm water can help soften the skin and make it easier to trim the nail. The affected area should be carefully trimmed, taking care not to cut too deeply. Antibiotic ointment can be applied to prevent infection. Cotton wedges can be placed between the nail and skin to keep them apart, and over-the-counter medications can be taken to reduce discomfort. If the toenail is infected, your doctor may recommend a course of antibiotics. Oral antibiotics are typically prescribed, but in some cases, a topical cream may be recommended instead. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to remove the ingrown toenail.

This procedure is typically done under local anesthesia and involves the removal of the affected toenail and the surrounding skin, which reduces the risk of infection and provides relief from the pain and discomfort. Prompt treatment for an ingrown toenail is necessary in order to reduce the risk of infection and other complications. If your condition does not improve with home care, it is important to consult with a doctor for proper treatment.

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