An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the nail of the toe grows into the soft skin instead of over it. This is most common in the big toe, but can happen to other toes. It is an easily manageable condition until it gets infected.

 Ingrown Toe nail treatment

Causes of Ingrown Toe nail

  • Too short cutting of toenail
  • Rounding the edge of nail
  • Having unusually curved toenails
  • Wearing ill fit shoes or socks
  • Trauma such as stubbing of the toe
  • Repeating an action that injures the nail like kicking football etc.

Symptoms of Ingrown Toe nail

  • Pain and tenderness in the toe along one or both sides of the nail
  • In cases of infected ingrown toenail, it might become :
  • Swollen

  • Red

  • Filled with pus

  •  Painful around the ingrown toenail

Diagnosis of Ingrown Toe nail

Physical examination of the area and nail can confirm the diagnosis of ingrown toenail. Our dermatologist will thoroughly examine your toe nail to evaluate if the ingrown nail is infected or not as its management also depends upon the stage of infection.

Treatment of Ingrown Toe nail

Depending upon grade of the ingrown toe nail and presence or absence of infection, our Dermatologists will manage the condition by any of the following treatment options:

  • Oral medications are prescribed if the ingrown toe nail gets infected.
  • Complete or partial avulsion: This is a minor Surgery in which the surgeon will lift the ingrown nail and place cotton, dental floss or a splint under it. In case of severely ingrown nail, trimming or partial removal or complete removal of the nail is done under local anesthesia.

Our Dermatologists are very well experienced and can evaluate the ingrown toe nail to give right treatment to the patient that will give best results.




Authored By Dr. Harish Prasad

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