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In-grown Toe Nail

In-grown Toe Nail

Ingrown toenail also known as onychocryptosis is a common condition in which one side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. This initially presents minor discomfort, but it can also result in redness, pain, swelling and progress into an infection. Ingrown toenails typically affect the big toe.

Ingrown toenails can be taken care off at home but if the pain becomes severe or spreads, you should consult a physician so he/she can alleviate your discomfort and also avoid any potential complications.
 

Causes of Ingrown Nail

Ingrown toenails are usually caused by an imbalance between the nail size and the enlargement of the nail skin edge. This condition can be exacerbated by:

• Injuring the toenail
• Wearing shoes that crowd the toenail
• Cutting toenails too short or not straight across
• Having unusually curved toenails

Individuals who have diabetes or another condition which can cause poor blood flow to the feet are at greater risk of complications from ingrown toenails.

Symptoms of Ingrown Nail

Symptoms of ingrown toenails are:

• Redness
• Swelling
• Clear or yellowish drainage
• Limping, especially in children
• Pain
• Infection of the tissue around the toenail

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