What are ingrown nails?
Ingrown nails are the nails that penetrate into the nail bed as they grow. They most commonly occur on toenails. The condition is also called Onychocryptosis.
Symptoms of Ingrown nails
Pain in the nail bed and on the margins of the nail
Sensitive nail margins
Discomfort or pain on wearing closed toe shoes
Discomfort or pain on putting pressure on the nails
Swelling or redness around the nails
Fluid discharge around the nails
Causes of ingrown nails
Ingrown nails could occur due to footwear that do not fit properly or have less toe space.
Wearing enclosed footwear in damp atmosphere for longer time.
Improper nail trimming
Injuries or trauma
Bacterial or fungal infection
Treatment of ingrown nails
Medication Antibiotics could be prescribed for fungal or bacterial infections.
Topical treatment Antiseptics could be prescribed for topical application.
Nail surgeries - Nail Surgeries like Matricectomy or Partial nail avulsion may be required for severe conditions.