By Dr Alison Croughan
July 27, 2021
Category: Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are simply put when a piece of the nail grows into the adjacent skin - we usually notice pain, swelling and redness.  Common causes can be improper nail trimming, pedicures, sports, tight shoegear and sometimes it is just genetics.  We suggest epsom salt soaks to alleviate pain and swelling but absolutely recommend avoiding at home “bathroom surgery.”  Patients with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulation concerns should absolutely avoid any self treatment.  Nail problems and possible infections should be evaluated and diagnosed by a Podiatrist. Most times an ingrown toenail can be treated with a clipping of the offending nail and a topical antibiotic ointment and we find that the earlier the treatment the faster the recovery. 

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