What is the prognosis (outlook) for someone who has an ingrown toenail?

In most cases, an ingrown toenail is not a serious health problem. The treatment usually works, and the ingrown toenail does not occur again as long as you practice good foot care.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/08/2017.


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Ingrown Toenail. Accessed 3/5/2018.
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Ingrown Toenail. Accessed 3/5/2018.

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