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Cut It Out! Facts About Ingrown Toenails
Q: What Is It?
An ingrown toenail occurs when a sharp corner of the toenail curls into the skin or side of the toe. First, pain and inflammation occurs, later, the inflamed area can sometimes form an infection.
Q: How Did I Get An Ingrown?
Improper toenail trimming (too short, wrong shape)
Tight fitting shoes or high heels
A fungal infection can cause a thick or wide toenail to develop
Repetitive damage from physical activity
Family! If other family members get them, you can too because the nails may be shaped the same
Bunions sometimes lead to ingrown nails
Q: How Can I Tell If I’m Getting An Ingrown?
The end of the toe becomes red and painfulIt feels warm to the touch
It feels warm to the touch
Extra skin and tissue begin to grow around the sharp point of the nail
A yellow or clear discharge begins
An infection develops. (increase pain, swelling, warmth, foul odor)
Q: When Should I See My Doctor?
When the toenail is inflamed or painful
Signs of infection
No signs of improvement within 3 days
Q: Are There Home Remedies I Can Try?
Soak your foot in warm water with epsom salt for a few days
Wash the infected area twice a day with soap and water
Use a topical antibiotic (i.e bacitracin or neosporin)
Avoid tight fitting shoes and high heels
Gently lift the nail away from the skin by placing cotton between the nail and skin
Take pain relievers (anti-inflammatory)
TAKE THE Dr.'s ADVICE
At first signs of inflammation or infection see your podiatrist (Your podiatrist may remove some of the nail/tissue near the infected area)
When the infection improves, file the nail straight across, but not too short
Wear proper shoes (avoid narrow shoes) all the time
Frequently clean nails
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| POSTED BY:
Dr. Adam Cirlincione & Dr. William Spielfogel