Skin Diseases - Ingrown Nail

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe.

If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, you're at greater risk of complications of ingrown toenails.

What do you see?

Treatment depends on the type of hyperhidrosis and where the excessive sweating occurs on the body. Your dermatologist also considers your overall health and other factors.

Treatments that dermatologists use to help their patients control hyperhidrosis include:

  • Pain and tenderness in your toe along one or both sides of the nail.
  • Redness around your toenail.
  • Swelling of your toe around the nail.
  • Infection of the tissue around your toenail.

Causes:

Common ingrown toenail causes include:

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

Complications:

Left untreated or undetected, an ingrown toenail can infect the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection.

Treatment:

Depending on severity of the condition it can be treated conservatively by home care and lifestyle modification and surgically.

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