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Managing Ingrown Toenails

Updated: Jul 3

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and potential infection. Proper management is essential to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications.

Signs of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Pain and tenderness along the nail border

  • Redness and swelling around the nail

  • Pus or drainage if infection is present

Effective management strategies for ingrown toenails include:

  • Warm Water Soaks: Soaking the affected foot in warm, soapy water can help soften the skin and reduce inflammation, providing relief from pain and discomfort.

  • Proper Nail Trimming: Cutting nails straight across and avoiding rounded edges can prevent ingrown toenails from developing, reducing the risk of recurrence.

  • Professional Treatment: In severe cases or if infection develops, seeking professional treatment from a podiatrist may be necessary. This may involve nail avulsion or surgical removal of the ingrown portion of the nail.

By implementing these management strategies and seeking timely treatment, individuals can effectively manage ingrown toenails and prevent complications.

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