Ingrown Toenail (Onychocryptosis)
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?
What are possible complications of ingrown toenails?
A persisting ingrown toenail can have serious consequences. A localized infection of the nail border (paronychia) can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection (cellulitis), which can in turn progress to a bone infection (osteomyelitis). Complications can include scarring of the surrounding skin and nail borders as well as thickened, deformed (onychodystrophy) fungal toenails (onychomycosis).
Are there any home remedies for an ingrown toenail?
The following home remedies may provide temporary relief.
- Lukewarm water foot soaks for 15-20 minutes with any one of the following options can be helpful: one part white vinegar to four parts water; 2 tablespoons Epsom salts per quart of water; or a dilute Clorox type bleach with 1/3 teaspoon of Clorox in 1 gallon of water.
- Elevate the foot and leg.
- Take oral anti-inflammatory medications.
- Trim the toenail straight across the top without digging into the corners or leaving them too short.
- Carefully rolling back be overgrown skin at the affected nail border may allow one to slip a small piece of cotton or dental floss to lift the offending edge of the nail up from the skin.
If symptoms persist, medical treatment from a podiatrist is recommended. Continue Reading