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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, also called Onychocryptosis, is usually caused by trauma, improper shoe gear (too small or too tight) or from trimming your toenails too short. The majority of the time it is caused by the sides of the nail growing into the skin, but can also be due to overgrown skin. It typically starts with a small irritation that gradually gets worse with either self-treatment or the incorporation of a microbial inflammation of the side of the nail. Once infected, the toe gets swollen, red, and commonly a discharge of pus or a watery / pinkish discharge drains from the toe.

Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

Typically, ingrown toenails can be avoided with proper nail care. Make sure that you don't cut the nail too short and avoid excessive cutting in the corners of the nails. If you are experiencing pain in the area, conservative treatment begins with warm soaks with epsom salts and covering with a band aid and antibiotic ointment. In more severe cases, a minor in-office procedure with antibiotics prescribed by a physician may be necessary.


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