Table of Contents
- Ingrown toenail facts
- What are ingrown toenails?
- What causes ingrown toenails?
- Are some people more prone to ingrown toenails?
- Which nails are most commonly affected by ingrown toenails?
- What causes infections in ingrown toenails?
- What are ingrown toenail symptoms and signs?
- How do physicians diagnose an ingrown toenail?
- What are possible complications of ingrown toenails?
- Are there any home remedies for an ingrown toenail?
- When should someone seek medical treatment for an ingrown toenail?
- What kind of doctor treats ingrown toenails?
- What is the treatment for ingrown toenails?
- What types of nail surgery are used for ingrown toenails?
- What does the recovery from toenail surgery entail?
- What is the appearance of the nail after surgery?
- How can people prevent ingrown toenails from recurring?
- Ingrown toenail do's
- Ingrown toenail don'ts
- What is the prognosis for an ingrown toenail?
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How do physicians diagnose an ingrown toenail?
The diagnosis of an ingrown toenail is typically straightforward. However, the signs and symptoms of ingrown toenails can vary quite dramatically, particularly if an infection develops. There may simply be some tenderness at the nail border when pressure is applied. There is typically an incurvation of the nail or a spike of nail (spicule) pressing into the skin of the nail border. Associated redness and swelling localized to the nail also suggest the diagnosis of an ingrown toenail. When an infection is involved, there may be severe redness and swelling, drainage, pus, and malodor.
Making the proper diagnosis requires taking into account the medical history and all possible causative factors. If one is unsure, seek professional help. Some conditions such as tumors, foreign bodies, trauma, and fungal infection may appear to be an ingrown toenail to the untrained eye.
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