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What are ingrown toenails?

An ingrown toenail is caused by the pressure from the ingrowth of the nail edge into the skin of the toe. Once the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, it produces inflammation. Initially presenting as a minor discomfort, it may progress into an infection in the adjacent skin (cellulitis) and/or become a reoccurring problem. Ingrown toenails most commonly affect the large (great) toes. An ingrown toenail is medically referred to as onychocryptosis.

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Comment from: JazBean, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I've gotten maybe 4 or so ingrown toenails since I was younger. I'm 20 now but usually I would catch them when they were just starting and go to a nail salon and they would charge a few bucks extra to dig it out. When I was in high school I got a really bad ingrown that got infected and I had my nail removed by a physician. The anesthetic shot was the worst I've ever had in my life, you think stubbing your toe is bad! After that it took about 8 months for my nail to grow back fully and I didn't have much problem because I got regular pedicures. I got another while working at a restaurant. I needed nonslip shoes and had to wait a week until I could buy my own so I borrowed some that were a size smaller. I was so horrified of going to the doctor and enduring the pain of nail removal I didn't seek treatment for about a year. I was able to get the poking nail when it grew but another piece would push back into its place. I have some scar tissue from the constant swelling but, it's not much of an issue. My right big toe is just a little plumper than my left.

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Comment from: Scott, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

I have been there, done that. It was almost impossible to walk with the ingrown toenails, with pain in shoes and all. I have fixed mine with Dermatico without surgery luckily.

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