What is it?
Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the edge of the toenail grows into the skin of the toe, or the skin of the side of the toe grows over the toenail. While any toe can be affected, it is most common in the big toe.
Do I have it?
You may have an ingrown nail if you experience pain, swelling and redness along the side of your toenail. You may also notice drainage or pus if you have developed an infection at the site.
What causes it?
Ingrown nails are often caused by:
- Curved or abnormally shaped toenails
- Trauma that drives the nail into the skin
- Tight shoes that push the curved toenail into the skin
- Injury to the toenail causing abnormal growth
- Cutting toenails too short or "digging" into the sides of them
- Thickened toenails
- Hereditary factors: it is common to see ingrown toenails in related family members
How can I help prevent it?
If you have serious medical problems such as diabetes or poor circulation, your feet should be examined by a podiatrist
Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.
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