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Ingrown toenails

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Ingrown toenails can be really, really painful. It’s when one or both sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The nail is usually sharp and pierces the skin, making it painful and tender. The big toe is most likely to be affected, either on one or on both sides.

Anyone can get an ingrown toenail, but teenagers and older people are most likely to get them. This might be because during the teenage years, the feet tend to sweat more. As a result, the toenail and surrounding skin can soften and split, resulting in an ingrown toenail. Older people might get them more because nail naturally grow thicker with age and are more likely to hurt the surrounding skin.

The way ingrown nails happen

If you have an ingrown toenail, this might be why:

The symptoms of an ingrown toenail vary depending on how severe the problem is. If you have a mild case then you might experience pain around the area, red skin and inflammation around the top of the toe and sometimes a build-up of fluid around the area.

Ingrown toenail

Moderate symptoms may include:

And severe symptoms may additionally include:

If you have a mild case of ingrown toenails, then you can often treat it at home by following a few simple rules. But if the pain if severe, or if the self-help measures don’t work, then you need to visit your doctor, who will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Ingrown toenail in need of surgery

Things you can do at home:

If your ingrown toenail is particularly severe, then you may need to have surgery to get it removed. The most common procedure is around 98% effective. Your doctor will be able to provide you with the best advice on that issue.

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