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Ingrown Toenails

Overview


An ingrown toenail occurs when the corners of
a nail curl downward and grow into the skin on
the edge of the toe, causing pain and swelling.


Causes


The most common cause of ingrown toenail is
improper trimming of the nail. Rounding off the
nail or cutting it too short can make it easier for
skin around the toe to rise and envelop the nail.
Wearing tight shoes or engaging in activities
that put excessive pressure on the toes can
also cause a toenail to become ingrown.


Symptoms


Pain, swelling and redness around the affected
area are the most common symptoms. An
ingrown toenail may also become infected if
untreated. In this case, a strong odor or
drainage of pus around the swollen area may
be noticed.


Treatment


A common treatment option is soaking the foot
in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes, then
placing dry cotton under the corner of the nail.
If the condition worsens, surgery may be
required to remove the part of the nail that is
growing underneath the skin.

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