Ingrown Toenail (Onychocryptosis)

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?

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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. Continue Reading

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Reviewed on 11/18/2015
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