Ingrown Toenail

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Last Updated: 05 May 2022
foot with ingrown toenail "foot with ingrown toenail", by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Drawing of a foot with an ingrown toenail....

When the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin, an ingrown toenail takes place. A fungal nail infection can cause your toenail to enlarge or expand. Without treatment, an ingrown toenail can become contaminated, so it's vital that you: keep your feet clean by cleaning them frequently with soap and water; change your socks frequently; cut your toenails right throughout to quit them digging into the surrounding skin; carefully press the skin far from the nail making use of a cotton bud; use comfy shoes that fit appropriately. Depending on the seriousness of your symptoms, this might involve either: partial nail avulsion, eliminating part of your toenail; overall nail avulsion, removing your entire toenail. An ingrown toenail can arise from a variety of points. The skin along the edge of a toenail might become red and contaminated. When added pressure is put on your toe, an ingrown toenail may occur. Toe nails that are cut too short, or if the sides are rounded as opposed to reduce straight throughout might cause the nail to grow and curl into the skin. Tearing or choosing at the corners of the nails can additionally cause an ingrown toenail; Some people are born with nails that are bent and turn into the skin. Other possible symptoms include: pain if pressure is positioned on the toe; swelling of the skin at the end of the toe; a build-up of liquid in the area surrounding the toe; an overgrowth of skin around the affected toe; blood loss; white or yellow pus coming from the affected area. Adults 18 years and over with a contaminated ingrown toenail can get advice and therapy directly from a drug store in specific instances.

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