Ingrown toenail

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the corner of a toenail grows downward into the skin. This condition usually affects the big toe. It is fairly common and does not pose a serious health risk in healthy individuals.

Who is likely to have an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail can affect anyone. Those who are at higher risk include adolescents and people who have:

  • Diabetes
  • Severe nerve damage in their leg or foot
  • Poor blood circulation
  • An infection around the nail.

What causes an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail can be caused by many different things:

  • Toenails that are not cut correctly. Toenails that are trimmed too short or too rounded may cause the nail to grow downward into the skin.
  • Shoes that do not fit properly
  • Tearing the corners of nails
  • Trauma to the toe

What are the signs and symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail?

The signs and symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail include:

  • Liquid or purulent discharge (pus) from the toe
  • Pain
  • Redness/darkening discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Warm or hot feeling in the toe

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