Ingrown Toenail (Onychocryptosis)

  • Medical Author:
    Philip A. Radovic, DPM, FACFAS

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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When should someone seek medical treatment for an ingrown toenail?

People with diabetes or those who have a compromised immune system or poor circulation should promptly seek the care of a podiatrist/physician for ingrown toenail treatment. If home remedies are not successful within a week or there is persistent pain and/or signs of infection, podiatric medical treatment is recommended. Symptoms and signs of infection can include

  • swelling,
  • redness,
  • streaking,
  • pain,
  • mal-odor,
  • drainage that may be yellow, green, or white and purulent (containing pus).

What kind of doctor treats ingrown toenails?

Although many types of doctors, including family physicians, pediatricians, urgent-care walk-in physicians, and dermatologists, can treat ingrown toenails, podiatrists are uniquely qualified among the medical professionals to treat this condition.

What is the treatment for ingrown toenails?

There are various types of treatments, including self-care, soaking, avoidance of shoe pressure on the toenails, proper methods to trim the nails, and various surgical treatments. Sometimes antibiotics may be required.

Reviewed on 11/18/2015

American Podiatric Medical Association



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