What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the toenail grows into the flesh of a toe. It often occurs in the big toe.
If not treated properly, the tissue around the ingrown nail will become infected.
Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail
The most common symptoms are:
What causes an Ingrown Toenail?
There are many causes. The most common causes are:
Can an Ingrown Toenail be treated?
Yes. Your doctor will trim the portion of the nail that has grown into the toe. If the tissue around the nail is infected, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic.
If necessary, the doctor will surgically drain an infection, Surgically correct a chronic ingrown toenail or completely remove a deformed toenail so it will not grow back.
Your doctor may also recommend resting your foot and soaking it in warm water.
Complications of an Ingrown Toenail
If not treated properly, complications may occur. Some complication are:
Can Ingrown Toenails be prevented?
Yes. Some prevention techniques are:
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