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An ingrown nail grows into the flesh instead of over it and usually
affects the toes, particularly the big toe. The site of an ingrown nail can be
painful, tender, red, swollen, and can sometimes develop pus.
Ingrown nails are most often caused by:
Most ingrown nail problems can be prevented by proper nail care,
such as cutting nails straight across, and by wearing shoes and socks that fit
well. Home treatment, such as soaking the affected nail in hot water, can often
help relieve pain. Antibiotics may be needed for an ingrown nail that becomes
infected. A severely ingrown nail may have to be partially or completely
Current as of:
February 5, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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