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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is ingrown toenail?

A condition where the corner of a toenail curves and grows into the skin, causing pain and swelling. Risk factors include obesity, small-sized shoes and cutting the nails incorrectly.

Symptoms of ingrown toenail

  • Toe pain

  • Change in nail shape

  • Change in nail color

Questions your doctor may ask to check for ingrown toenail

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose ingrown toenail

  • Do you have pain in the toe(s)?

  • Has your nail shape changed?

  • Has your nail color changed?

Treatment for ingrown toenail

Treatment involves warm soaks and pushing the skin away from the toenail edge daily till the nail grows out. It is important to trim the toenails straight instead of curved. For severe cases, a healthcare provider may perform a toenail removal procedure, but the condition can recur, especially if the nail-cutting technique is not corrected.

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