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What is an ingrown toenail and what causes them?

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail is curved downward and grows into the skin, usually at the side of the nail plate. This pressure irritates the skin and creates pain, swelling, and warmth to the touch. If the nail plate penetrates the skin, a bacterial infection can occur and cause drainage and a foul odor.

 

What causes an ingrown toenail?

In many cases, the tendency is inherited, but trauma, stubbing the toe, dropping an object on the toe, or even shoe pressure can cause an ingrown toenail.

 

How do you treat an ingrown toenail?

Treatment options vary with the general health risk factors, but may include counseling on proper nail care, soaking, antibiotics, removal of the offending portion of the nail plate, or permanent removal of the root at the side of the nail plate to prevent recurrence.

Many people do not realize that an ingrown toe nail can be permanently corrected in just a few minutes with little discomfort and minimal disability.

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Some common MYTHS about ingrown toenails are:

- cutting a V in the nail

- repeatedly trimming the nail borders

- placing cotton under the side of the offending nail

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