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Ingrown Nail

Treatment at Auro Skin Clinic

Introduction to Ingrown Nails

  • Ingrown nails, also known as onychocryptosis, occur when the edge of a nail grows into the surrounding skin, often causing pain, swelling, and potential infection.

Causes of Ingrown Nails

  • Ingrown nails can result from various factors, including:

  • Improper nail trimming, such as cutting nails too short or rounding the edges.

  • Tight or ill-fitting shoes that put pressure on the toenails.

  • Injury to the toenail or nail bed.

  • Genetics, as some individuals may be more prone to ingrown nails.

Symptoms of Ingrown Nails

Common symptoms of ingrown nails include:

  • Pain, tenderness, or redness along the nail edge.

  • Swelling and inflammation.

  • Pus or discharge if infection develops.

  • Difficulty wearing shoes or walking comfortably.

Treatment Options

Treating ingrown nails often involves the following approaches:

  • Soaking the Foot: Soaking the affected foot in warm water can help soften the skin and ease pain.

  • Proper Nail Trimming: Trim the nail straight across, avoiding rounded edges.

  • Lifting the Nail: Gently lifting the ingrown edge with a small piece of cotton or dental floss can encourage the nail to grow above the skin.

  • Topical Antibiotics: If there is an infection, applying topical antibiotics can help.

  • Oral Antibiotics: For severe infections, a healthcare provider may prescribe oral antibiotics.

  • Surgical Intervention: In some cases, a healthcare provider may need to remove the ingrown portion of the nail.

Prevention Strategies

To prevent ingrown nails, consider the following strategies:

  • Trim your nails straight across, not too short.

  • Wear well-fitting shoes that provide enough room for your toes.

  • Avoid wearing tight hosiery and shoes that compress the toes.

  • Protect your feet from injury.

  • Maintain good foot hygiene, keeping your feet clean and dry.

Consultation with a Healthcare Provider

  • If you experience recurrent ingrown nails, severe pain, or signs of infection, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare provider or a podiatrist for proper evaluation and treatment.

Ingrown nails can be painful and uncomfortable, but with appropriate care, they can often be managed effectively. Following proper nail hygiene and being cautious about footwear can help reduce the risk of ingrown nails. Consulting with a healthcare provider ensures a tailored approach to treatment and prevention.


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