What is an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail edge grows into the skin of the toe. Once the edge of the nail breaks the skin, it causes inflammation and discomfort. Ingrown toenails most commonly affect the big toe. An ingrown toenail is most commonly caused by improper trimming of the toenail, ill-fitting shoes, nail picking, and hereditary conditions.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Drainage

Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

There are many at home remedies that may provide temporary relief for an ingrown toenail. These remedies including soaking the foot in lukewarm water, elevating the foot and leg, taking oral anti-inflammatory medications, and trimming the toenail straight across.

If symptoms persist, or if you have diabetes, a compromised immune symptoms, or have poor circulation, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed if an infection is present.

In the case of a severe ingrown toenail, nail surgery may be required. Temporary resection and removal of the nail border, detachment of the nail, or permanent elimination of the nail are all surgical options.

If you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, and are not experiencing relief from at-home remedies, contact Ultra Med Urgent Care today. Our team strives to offer timely, effective care to each patient.