This procedure involves removing skin into which the corner or side of a toenail has grown. The nail is then trimmed to help it grow straight.
An ingrown toenail develops when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding soft tissue. This can lead to pain, redness, swelling and the potential for infection, which can occasionally be serious.
Ingrown toenails most often occur with the big toe. Contributing factors may include:
An ingrown toenail can cause pain near the corner of the toenail, as well as redness and swelling near the toenail and surrounding tissue. If an infection develops, you may notice increased pain, redness, heat, pus drainage or fever. You should contact your healthcare provider if you have an ingrown toenail that is causing you discomfort. They will ask questions about your medical history and do a physical examination of your feet.
For otherwise healthy adults, uninfected ingrown toenails can often be treated at home. Treatment can include:
If these measures are not effective, or you suspect an infection, contact your healthcare provider.
Here are other things to consider:
This care path includes the costs of an office visit and removal of excess skin around an ingrown toenail.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have an ingrown toenail.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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