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Ingrown Toe-tail

What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, inflammation, and potential infection. Common symptoms include redness, swelling, tenderness, and sometimes drainage of pus. Without proper treatment, ingrown toenails can worsen and cause significant discomfort.
Nail grows into surrounding skin, causes pain, swelling, redness. Can lead to infection. Causes: improper trimming, tight shoes, trauma, genetics, sweating, fungus. Treatments: home remedies, medical interventions.

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The exact cause of an ingrown toenail can vary from person to person, but there are several common factors that can contribute to its development. These include:

  1. Improper nail trimming: Trimming your toenails too short or rounding the edges can encourage the nail to grow into the surrounding skin.

  2. Tight or ill-fitting footwear: Wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow can put pressure on the toes and increase the likelihood of the nail growing into the skin.

  3. Trauma or injury: Stubbing your toe or experiencing repetitive trauma to the toenail can cause it to grow abnormally and become ingrown.

  4. Genetics: Some people may be predisposed to developing ingrown toenails due to inherited traits such as nail shape or structure.

  5. Excessive sweating: Excessive sweating of the feet, known as hyperhidrosis, can soften the skin around the toenails and make it more susceptible to ingrowth.

  6. Fungal infections: Fungal infections can lead to changes in the toenail structure, making them more likely to become ingrown.

  7. Foot structure: Certain foot conditions, such as bunions or toe deformities, can alter the alignment of the toes and increase the risk of ingrown toenails.


It's important to note that improper self-treatment of an ingrown toenail, such as attempting to dig or cut out the nail yourself, can also lead to further complications and should be avoided. If you are experiencing recurrent or severe ingrown toenails, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional or a podiatrist for proper evaluation and treatment.

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